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Electricity generated by wind power installation in EU to triple by 2020: EWEA

CTBR Staff Writer Published 03 August 2011

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) anticipates that the energy generated by the onshore and offshore wind power installation in the EU, will approximately triple by 2020.

Electricity production from wind power is expected to increase from 182TWh of the total EU demand in last year, to 581TWh (from 5.5% to 15.7%) of the total demand in 2020.

By 2020, the electricity production from wind energy will be equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all households in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK together.

EWEA policy director Justin Wilkes said with an investment of EUR194bn in European onshore and offshore projects, wind energy will nearly triple its power output by 2020.

As per EWEA, wind power produced by 2030 will be nearly 1,154TWh, which is more than the EU's anticipated 241 million private households are expected to consume in 2030.

Today, wind power produces electricity equivalent to the consumption of 50 million average EU households, EWEA said.

EWEA's Pure Power report shows that the 27 EU member states will have very different increases in wind power capacity over the coming years.