Renewables 61% Of New EU Power Generation Capacity In 2009
Renewables accounted for 61% of new electricity generating capacity in 2009. Of the total new capacity, 39% was from wind power and 16% was from photovoltaic solar power, EWEA said.
“The figures, once again, confirm that wind power, together with other renewable energy technologies and a shift from coal to gas, are delivering massive European carbon reductions,” EWEA head Christian Kjaer is quoted as saying in a release.
The EU plans to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 by 20% from 1990 levels, and is willing to boost that target to 30% if other countries or regions present similar offers. The EU also has committed itself to meeting 20% of its electricity demand by 2020 from renewable sources.
For the second year in a row, more wind power capacity was installed in the EU than any other electricity-generating technology.
Of the 10,163 megawatts in EU wind power added in 2009, 582 MW were installed offshore.