Europe’s wind power sector is booming, according to new figures released today by industry group WindEurope. Not only was 2017 a record-breaking year for installations across no less than seven EU member states and the bloc as a whole, but wind provided more than half of total new power capacity installations across the continent. And that’s not the only green energy update out today. A survey of 800 renewables professionals from Lloyds Register offers an insight into the future outlook for the clean power sector, while new reports emerged suggesting France is working on new plans to dominate the tidal power sector.
Business Green 13th Feb 2018 read more »
The boom in wind farms across the European Union has single-handedly driven the net growth in power generating capacity as fossil fuel plants shut faster than they are built. The steady shutdown of polluting coal plants across the UK and the rest of EU outstripped the number being built by more than four times over. New gas plants only narrowly replaced the number of older gas generation units being shut down. By contrast the number of new wind turbines mushrooming across the EU increased by 20pc from the previous year to set new records in Germany, the UK and France. As a result wind power is now Europe’s second largest source of electricity, behind gas-fired power plants, after it made up almost a fifth of all electricity produced across the block last year.
Telegraph 13th Feb 2018 read more »