4 February 2010 – Renewable energy technologies accounted for 61 per cent of new power generating capacity installed in the European Union (EU) in 2009, according to statistics published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
Some 39 per cent of all new capacity installed in 2009 was wind power, followed by gas (26 per cent) and solar photovoltaics (16 per cent). The EWEA also revealed that Europe decommissioned more coal and nuclear capacity than it installed in 2009.
Wind power’s total capacity in the European Union has now reached 74 767 MW, up from 64 719 MW by the end of 2008. Germany remains the EU country with the largest installed capacity, followed by Spain, Italy, France and the UK. The UK now has a cumulative capacity of 4051MW.
According to the EWEA, the wind capacity installed by the end of 2009 will, in a normal year, produce 163 TWh of electricity, meeting 4.8 per cent of total EU power demand.
The countries with the largest share of new capacity installed in 2009 were Spain (24 per cent -2459 MW), followed by Germany (19 per cent – 1917 MW), Italy (11 per cent – 1114 MW), France (11 per cent – 1088 MW) and the UK (10 per cent – 1077 MW).