Skip to main content

2017 a record year for European wind

Matthew Bowles our consultant managing the role
Posted by  Matthew Bowles
Published on 14 February 2018

Statistics from Wind Europe have revealed that 2017 was a record year for wind energy. There was 15.7 GW of new capacity added, an increase of 20% on 2016, taking total installed capacity to 169 GW.

As a whole, renewable energy accounted for almost all new EU power installations in 2017. Making up 55% of all power capacity installations, wind power is now Europe’s second-largest source of electricity.

With 56 GW of installed wind power capacity, Germany remains out in front, followed by Spain with 23GW, the UK (19 GW) and France (14 GW).

2017 also marked a record year for offshore wind in Europe, with 13 new offshore wind farms completed and 3.1 GW installed, primarily within the UK and Germany. Total capacity now stands at 15.8 GW, a 25% increase in the space of a year. Europe now has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries, with a further 11 offshore windfarms currently under construction.

Commenting on the findings, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said:

“2017 was a strong year for wind energy with a high number of new installations and wind accounting for 12% of Europe’s electricity. It’s further evidence that wind is mainstream and delivers bang for your buck. It’s cheap, increasingly stable, and industrial consumers are now turning to it as an energy source of choice. It’s now clear given the recent expansion of renewables and the rapidly falling costs that Europe can deliver on a 35% renewables target for 2030.”

To find out more about how Quanta support the Renewable Energy sector, contact the team today, or search for our latest opportunities

Similar Jobs

Location

London

Description

We are currently helping one of our leading Renewable Energy clients in their search for a GIS Specialist. This approx. 16-month freelance contract position will commence 1 st October 2019 up until 3

Location

Rest of the World

Description

Are you a Renewable Energy Project Manager with a sense of adventure? Keen to work in an emerging market and manage the construction of major renewable energy power projects for a well-known internati

Location

Melbourne

Description

Would you like the opportunity to work in Australia for one of the world leaders in wind energy? We’re looking for a driven, innovative and organised individual so that we can give you the chance to

Location

London

Description

We are currently looking for an Array Cable Manager – HV Cables for one of our leading renewable energy clients. If you are looking for a new role and are available to start from the 21 st October

Location

Bremen

Description

Structural Design Engineer looking for fantastic career development in Northern Germany? Look no further! Quanta has a great opportunity for someone to join a rapidly expanding, friendly and forward-