Turbine blades waiting for installation

Member Country Activities for the European Commission and European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

In 2014, the EU installed and connected 11.79 GW of new wind energy capacity, for a cumulative wind capacity of 128.75 GW. The total electric generating capacity (including wind) increased by 26.9 GW, reaching 910 GW. Since 2000, 29% of new generating capacity installed has been wind power, 56% renewables, and 91% renewables and gas combined.

The EU’s power sector continues to move away from fuel oil, coal, nuclear, and gas while increasing its total installed generating capacity with wind and solar photovoltaics (PV).

Wind power accounted for 43.7% of total 2014 power capacity installations. Renewable power accounted for 79% of new installations during 2014: 21.3 GW of a total 26.9 GW of new power capacity.

The total wind power capacity installed by the end of 2014 would, in a normal wind year, produce 265 TWh of electricity, enough to cover 9.5% (of which an estimated 1% from offshore wind) of EU’s final electricity consumption— up from 8.5% the year before [1].