EWEA publishes its European onshore wind energy statistics annually. It also publishes European offshore statistics half-yearly, statistics that are eagerly awaited by the industry and media. For global figures on onshore and offshore, EWEA relies on its partner the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
EWEA statistic publications are not available to order in hardcopy, but are freely available online.
In the first six months of 2015, Europe fully grid connected 584 commercial offshore wind turbines, with a combined capacity totalling 2,342.9 MW. Overall, 15 commercial wind farms were under construction. Once completed, these wind farms will have a total capacity of over 4,268.5 MW.
- There is now 128.8 GW of installed wind energy capacity in the EU: approximately 120.6 GW onshore and just over 8 GW offshore.
- 11,791.4 MW of wind power capacity (worth between €13.1bn and €18.7bn) was installed in the EU-28 during 2014, a increase of 3.8% compared to 2013 installations.
- The EU power sector continues its move away from fuel oil, coal and gas with each technology continuing to decommission more than it installs.
- The wind power capacity installed by the end of 2014 would, in a normal wind year, produce 284 TWh of electricity, enough to cover 10.2% of the EU's electricity consumption.