Wind supplies 8% of EU energy demand

Wind energy accounted for 8% of the EU’s electricity demand last year. That was equivalent to 129GW of generation, according to a new report. Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Romania and Germany […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Wind energy accounted for 8% of the EU’s electricity demand last year.

That was equivalent to 129GW of generation, according to a new report.

Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Romania and Germany produced between 10% and 40% of their electricity from wind farms.

The report from the EU’s Joint Research Centre predicts wind power’s electricity share to grow to at least 12% by 2020.

It added that would support the EU’s goal of generating 20% of energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade.

The global cumulative wind capacity increased from 3GW to 370GW in the last two decades.

The report also found China is well ahead compared to EU Member States as it installed 23.2GW of new capacity last year.