EU wind market shrank 8% in 2013

Wind installations fell by more than 80% last year in Spain.

Wind installations fell by more than 80% last year in Spain.

The European wind market shrank by 8% last year and became more reliant on a handful of countries, even as wind – and renewables more broadly – continued to gain ground within the European energy mix.

Wind and PV collectively accounted for 63% of the EU’s new generation capacity last year, crushing other technologies like gas, which accounted for 22% of new capacity, coal (5.5%) and biomass (4%), according to new figures from the European Wind Energy Association.

While 7.5GW of new gas capacity was added in 2013, another 10GW of existing capacity was decommissioned, meaning that gas lost significant ground within Europe’s overall energy system.  

Continuing a trend of several years, installations of PV again topped wind in the EU, although the gap narrowed.

Some 11,010MW of PV capacity was added last Log in to read complete article.

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