Last year Germany installed 42% of wind power in the EU
Germany was responsible for the installation of 39% of all of Europe’s new wind capacity in 2017.
Last year Europe beat its record and installed 16.8GW of wind generation capacity, according to a report released by Wind Europe.
The report, dubbed Wind in Power 2017, revealed that members of the European Union (EU) accounted for 93% of the capacity, installing 15.7GW.
This was a 20% increase from the previous year.
More wind power supplies were installed across the continent than any other form of energy, placing wind as the second largest power generator after gas, at a total capacity of 169GW.
Germany installed 6.6GW of new wind power, meeting almost half of the EU’s installed power at 42%.
The nation also increased its wind energy usage for electricity demand at the highest rate, rising from 16% to 20% year on year.
Germany has the highest total capacity in Europe, followed by Spain, the UK, and France.
Denmark uses the highest percentage of wind in it’s energy mix, however, at 44%.
“Despite the strong figures, the medium and longer term outlook for wind is uncertain,” stated Giles Dickinson, WindEurope’s CEO.
“The transition to auctions has been messier than we hoped. And crucially we lack clarity from many governments on their ambitions for renewables post-2020.”
“A 35% target is not just affordable, it’s economically desirable. The wind industry has shown it can deliver. Now we need policy-makers to deliver as well.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
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