EWEA release 01.02.06:
European record for wind power: over 6,000 MW installed in 2005 - Wind energy has surpassed EC White Paper targets for 2010
Brussels, 1 February 2006
EWEA, the European Wind Energy Association published today the EU wind energy market statistics. The Industry statistics released today show that cumulative wind power capacity in the EU increased by 18% to 40,504 MW (megawatt) at the end of 2005, up from 34,372 MW at the end of 2004. 6,183 MW of wind power capacity were installed last year, representing a wind turbine manufacturing turnover of some €6 billion.
Over the last ten years, cumulative wind power capacity in the EU has increased by an average 32% per year over the ten year period from 1995 to 2005. In terms of annual installations, the European market has grown by an average 22% over the same period. In 2005, the European market grew by 6%, to 6,183 MW (from 5,838 MW in 2004). The growth was achieved despite a combined reduction in installations of more than 500 MW between Germany and Spain.
"With the installation of a record 6,183 MW in 2005, wind energy has achieved the European Commission's 40,000 MW target for 2010, five years ahead of time," said Prof. Arthouros Zervos, President of EWEA. "This underlines the technology's ability to deliver fast and vast amounts of clean energy."
The 40,504 MW installed in the EU by the end of 2005 will, in an average wind year, produce some 83 TWh of electricity, equal to 2.8% of EU electricity consumption in 2004.
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