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Wind in Power 2017: Annual combined onshore and offshore wind energy statistics
Annual combined onshore and offshore wind energy statistics

Overview

Europe installed 16.8 GW (15.6 GW in the EU) of additional wind power capacity in 2017, marking a record year on annual installations.

With a total net installed capacity of 169 GW, wind energy remains the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe, closely approaching gas installations.

2017 was a record year for both onshore and offshore installations. The EU added 12,484 MW onshore and 3,154 MW offshore.

Findings

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Record year for European wind: 15.6 GW of new capacity added, up 25% on 2016

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Wind energy now covers 11.6% of the EU's electricity demand

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A record year for wind energy installations in Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Ireland & Croatia

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Wind energy now has an installed capacity of 169 GW. 153 GW onshore & 16 GW offshore

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11.5 GW of wind projects reached Final Investment Decision in 2017 for a total of €22.3bn

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