EU 2014 WIND BEATS FOSSIL GENERATION
Wind energy installations outperform gas and coal in 2014; The European wind energy industry installed more new capacity than gas and coal combined in 2014.
10 February 2015 (European Wind Energy Association)
“Across the 28 Member States, the wind industry connected a total of 11,791 MW to the grid with coal and gas adding 3,305 MW and 2,338 MW respectively…Moreover, the coal and gas industries in Europe both retired more capacity than they commissioned in 2014. In comparison, wind energy capacity in Europe increased 3.8% year on year from 2013, with cumulative installations now standing at 128.8 GW in the EU…Renewable power plants accounted for 79.1% of new installations during 2014; 21.3GW of a total 26.9GW. Today, grid-connected wind power is enough to cover 10% of the EU's electricity consumption, up from 8% the year before…Germany and the United Kingdom accounted for 59.5% of total EU wind energy installations in 2014, installing 5,279MW and 1,736MW respectively…” click here for more