2012 proved to be a good year for wind power in the 27-nation European Union (EU), as installed wind power generation capacity rose 12.3 percent to surpass the 100-gigawatt (GW) mark. Rated EU wind power capacity totaled 105.6 GW as of year-end 2012, as 11,840 megawatts (MW) of new capacity came online, according to EurObserv’ER’s 2012 Wind Power Barometer. Factoring in wind turbine installations taken out of service, a net 11,593 MW of new wind power generation was added to the EU’s energy mix last year.
Just over 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) — 200 million megawatt-hours (MWh) — of clean, renewable electrical energy was produced by wind turbines in the EU in 2012, up from 178.9 TWh in 2011. With the average EU resident consuming an estimated 4 MW-h per year, that’s enough to supply some 50 million EU households with electricity. Read More→