By the end of September the EU had 100 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The resulting power produced is equivalent to 39 nuclear power plants and can meet the needs of 57 million households, the association claims.
It took Europe 20 years to achieve its first 10 GW of grid-connected wind capacity, and only 13 years for the next 90 GW. Half of the total European wind power capacity has been installed over the past six years.
"It would require burning 72 million tonnes of coal annually in coal-fired power plants to match Europe’s annual wind energy production. Loading that amount of coal on trains would require 750,000 wagons with a combined length of 11,500 km – the distance from Brussels to Buenos Aires," said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA.
"Despite only utilising a tiny fraction of Europe’s vast domestic wind energy resources, wind power is having a substantial impact on Europe’s energy security and environment, and benefits us hugely in creating green jobs and technology exports", said Kjaer.
A recent contributor to the 100 GW milestone is the 400 MW Anholt offshore wind farm developed by DONG off the coast of Denmark.
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