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Wind energy in Europe: Outlook to 2020

Wind energy in Europe:
Outlook to 2020

This publication, the first in a series of annual reports, analyses how EU markets will develop
in the next four years, starting with an in depth analysis of the first half of 2017.

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The European wind energy industry has proved in the last decade its capability to grow at a very fast rate, maintaining an annual market of +10 GW since 2009, with an annual average market of 11.3 GW per year.

The period to 2020 will be crucial for Member States to meet their climate and energy commitments. Wind energy will make a significant contribution in the power sector. This reports provides an in depth analysis of how, where and when this transition will happen.


After a likely record year in 2017 (14 GW), growth could continue at an average of 12.6 GW for the next four years. Offshore to represent a quarter of installations.

Wind energy capacity expected to surpass 200 GW milestone by 2020.

With a quarter of the global market in the next four-year period, the EU could attract more installations than the US and India, but significantly less than China.

Wind energy expected to become Europe’s largest renewable source by 2020- contributing to about 16.5% of Europe’s electricity needs- and surpassing hydro power.

Auctions giving visibility for 27 GW of new capacity in just five countries (Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain and UK).

Over ¾ of installations in the next four years to concentrate in just six countries (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium).

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