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Germany solidifies top ranking in EU wind power league

By Frédéric Simon | EURACTIV.com

8:02 (updated:  9:17)

15.7 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2017, representing 55% of total new power capacity added last year in Europe. [The Danish Wind Industry Association / Flickr]
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Germany installed 42% of the EU’s new wind power capacity in 2017, a year that saw the industry installing more supplies than any other form of energy across the European Union, according to fresh industry statistics published on Tuesday (13 February).

15.7 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2017, representing 55% of total new power capacity added last year in Europe, according to WindEurope, a trade association. This an increase of 20% over 2016.

Germany led the pack, with 6.6 GW new wind power capacity installed in 2017, or 42% of the EU total. The country also registered the highest annual increase of wind energy in its electricity demand – from 16% to 20% year-on-year.

Overall, the country remains on top of the European league, with the largest total installed wind power capacity, followed by Spain, the UK and France. Denmark, meanwhile, is the country with the largest share of wind in its power mix, reaching 44% of the country’s electricity demand.

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