European Progress on Wind

I came across some more interesting statistics on electricity generation in Europe in Windpower Monthly.

Since 2000, the EU has installed 47 GW of wind.  During the same period, the installed capacity of oil generation decreased by 14 GW, coal decreased by 11 GW, and nuclear decreased by 6 GW.  In 2007, wind installed 8.6 GW of new capacity, leading second place gas which installed 8.2 GW.

Of course wind doesn’t run at its rated capacity all the time (no source of electricity does), so this doesn’t mean that wind will produce more new kWh than natural gas, but still, it indicates that wind energy is beginning to play a significant role in the European electricity mix.

Europe is showing us the way.  If only we could see.

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