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.
- 12,800 MW of wind power capacity was installed and grid-connected in the EU during 2015, an increase of 6.3% on 2014 installations.
- There is now 142 GW of installed wind energy capacity in the EU: approximately 131 GW onshore and 11 GW offshore.
- Wind power installed more than any other form of power generation in 2015 and it accounted for 44.2% of total 2015 power capacity installations.
- Wind energy has overtaken hydro as the third largest source of power generation in the EU with a 15.6% share of total power capacity.
- The total wind power capacity installed at the end of 2015 could produce 315 TWh and cover 11.4% of the EU electricity consumption in a normal wind year.
3,018.5 MW of new offshore wind power capacity was connected to the grid during 2015 in Europe, a 108.3% increase over 2014 and the biggest yearly addition to capacity to date.
- 419 new turbines were erected in 2015. Seven turbines were decommissioned in the UK and Sweden, resulting in a net addition of 412 turbines.
- 53 of these turbines equivalent to 277 MW are awaiting grid connection.
- 14 projects were completed in 2015. Work is on-going on six projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.