Europe added 4.9 GW of installed wind capacity in first half 2019

Europe added 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in the first half of 2019. This is a growth of 0.4 GW from the first half of 2018. The figures were released today by WindEurope.

The growth was coming from offshore wind installations. 1.9 GW of new offshore wind was installed in the first half of the year. This is 0.8 GW up from the 1.1 GW added in the same period in 2018. The UK (931 MW), Denmark (374 MW), Belgium (370 MW) and Germany (252 MW) accounted for these installations.

Onshore installations showed a decline in the first half of 2019. With 2.9 GW, this is 0.4 GW down from 2018. Germany in particular showed its worst first half of the year since 2000. WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu said: “Germany had the lowest first half of the year for new onshore wind installations since 2000. Permitting challenges remain the key bottleneck: 11 GW of onshore wind are stuck in the permitting process in Germany. And the transition to auctions, where so-called ‘community projects’ were allowed to bid in auctions without a permit back in 2017, has been messy. Many of these projects still need to be built.”

The industry expects installations to pick up in the second half of the year, but German grid connected volumes for 2019 as a whole will be lower than historical levels. Of all European countries, France had the most onshore installations with 523 MW. The Netherlands installed 83 MW.

Turbine orders and market activity suggest Sweden and Norway will show significant volumes of wind power to get grid connected in the second semester. Large volumes are also expected in Spain on the back of the 4.1 GW auctioned in 2017 and 2018.

In the first half of 2019 Europe invested €8.8bn in the construction of future wind farms, €6.4bn in onshore wind and €2.4bn in offshore wind. These investments will result in 5.9 GW being installed and grid connected over the next two to three years. France and the Netherlands led investments. Source: WindEurope

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