- Published: 04 February 2009 04 February 2009
In 2008, more wind power was installed in the EU than any other electricity generating technology.
Statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) show that 43% of all new electricity generating capacity built in the European Union last year was wind energy, exceeding all other technologies including gas, coal and nuclear power. A total of 19,651MW of new power capacity was constructed in the EU last year. Out of this, 8,484MW (43%) was wind power; 6,932MW (35%) gas; 2,495MW (13%) oil; 762MW (4%) coal and 473MW (2%) hydro power capacity. For the first time, wind energy is the leading technology in Europe. A total of 64,949MW of installed wind energy capacity was operating in the EU by end 2008, 15% higher than in 2007.