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The European Union’s (EU) total installed power capacity increased by 29.2 GW in 2012 to a net value of 931.9 GW. Of this total generation capacity, wind power reached a share of 11.4%, up from 10.5% in 2011. Since 2000, 27.7% of new electrical capacity installed has been wind power, 51.2% renewables, and 91.2% renewables and gas combined. The EU power sector continues its move away from fuel oil, coal, and nuclear, with each conventional technology continuing to decommission more than it installs.
Wind power accounted for 26.5% of total 2012 power capacity installations. Renewable power installations accounted for 70% of new installations during 2012: 31.3 GW of a total 44.9 GW of new power capacity, down 4% from the share in 2011.
The rate of EU wind power installations for 2012 does not show the negative impact of market, regulatory, and political uncertainty that has swept across Europe since the beginning of 2011. The turbines installed during 2012 were generally permitted, financed, and ordered prior to the crisis feeding through to a destabilization of legislative frameworks for wind energy. The stress being felt in many markets across Europe throughout the wind industry’s value chain should become apparent in a reduced level of installations in 2013, possibly continuing well into 2014. Nonetheless, 2012 was a record year for offshore wind energy installations in the EU, with 1,166 MW of new capacity grid-connected. Offshore wind power installations represented 10% of the annual EU wind energy market, up from 9% in 2011. Read the entire report here.