Wind Power Empowering the Europe’s Electricity Sector


Published Date : Jul 28, 2015

Europe in several renewable energy sector is leading globally. Furthermore, the pledge shown by several European countries to cut down on their carbon emissions and go 100% renewable is noteworthy. Many countries are at a growing pace installing and relying on renewable energy plants that provide power to the national grid or domestic ones.

In this light, a 2014 report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the wind status demonstrates that in 2014, wind energy contributed to 8% of the Europe’s electricity. According to this JRC report, 2014 was a good years for the wind power sector and the rising number of installations showed a new record and many turbine manufacturers observed a healthy growth.

Especially, the EU grid connected a total wind capacity in 2014 which reached 129 gigawatts that was recorded as 8% of the Europe’s electricity demand. The figure is equivalent of the combined consumption of the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and Greece annually. This growth is projected to continue its patch by 2020 and account for 12 per cent of the continent’s electrical generation capacity. In addition to this, there are some countries that are making good headway in the Europe.

In 2014, Denmark produced enough electricity to meet 40% of its internal demand while countries such as Portugal, Ireland, and Spain are currently share of wind power reached around 19 to 25 per cent of the final consumption. In the year 2013, around 13 gigawatts of wind power capacity was installed in Europe out of which around 11.8 gigawatts was connected to the grid. This brought the continent’s cumulative connected capacity to around 129 gigawatts that produced around 265 terawatts of electricity in the year. This report acknowledged the global wind energy industry’s nature. Nevertheless, China was well ahead of this and boasted a market share of 44%, while Europe is the global leader in terms of cumulative installed capacity.