Wind power capacity in the European Union (EU) touched 169 gigawatts in 2017, an increase of 20 per cent compared to the previous year, breaking an earlier record, according to an annual report released on Tuesday.
Of the new wind capacity, 12.5 GW was from onshore plants and 3.1 GW from offshore, marking an increase of 9 per cent and 101 per cent respectively, reports Efe news.
“With a share of 18 per cent, wind remains the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe, closing in on natural gas,” said the report, adding that last year 22.3 billion euros ($27.5 billion) were invested in wind energy.
Last year, Germany, France, Finland, Belgium, Ireland and Croatia created new domestic records for new wind power installations, with Germany taking the lead in the EU in both new infrastructure and total capacity. Read More…