A turbine everyday: 2012 tops wind installation in Europe

• January 30, 2013
Wind turbines in a field

Wind turbines in Brittany, Creative Commons: Sebastiano Pitruzzello, 2008

European wind installation broke records in 2012, with 293 new turbines built across 55 wind farms – the equivalent of one new turbine every work day.  The installations increased the capacity of wind power on the continent by 1.16 gigawatts.

The remarkable growth of the wind industry is an achievement towards establishing a clean energy economy, vital to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change.

This could just be the beginning: The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) says they can top this rate of growth in coming years with government cooperation.  EWEA argued the industry could be expanding faster still if governments made good on their offshore wind targets and worked to provide a more stable policy environment.

“Offshore wind power is growing solidly”, said EWEA policy director Justin Wilkes. “But solid installation figures do not alter the fact that the wind industry is being hit by political and regulatory instability, the economic crisis, the higher cost of capital and austerity.  Europe is a world leader in offshore wind energy and could be creating even more jobs if governments gave greater policy certainty to investors, and resolved grid connection problems.”

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