Wind turbine installations in the European Union (EU) will increase 64% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels, according to data compiled by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The group says EU member states will reach a combined 192.4 GW of installed capacity by the end of the decade, with offshore installations accounting for 23.5GW of the total. This will mean investments of up to EUR 124 billion in wind farms across the EU, creating over 100,000 additional jobs in the wind industry, EWEA adds.
"A cocktail of regulatory uncertainty, ongoing climate and energy discussions at EU level, and rapidly evolving national frameworks has contributed to these new scenarios," says Justin Wilkes, deputy CEO of EWEA. "However, while regulatory stability is still recovering in Europe, onshore markets such as Germany, France, United Kingdom and Poland will remain key for wind power installations."
He continues, "For offshore, extra confidence in the U.K., continued deployment in Germany, and faster deployment in France and the Netherlands should continue to push the industry forward to 2020. It remains the fastest-growing part of the power sector in Europe today."
Nonetheless, EWEA recently warned that, although 4.9 GW of commercial offshore wind farms are currently under construction in Europe, the offshore sector has slowed down and may continue to contract over the next two years depending on upcoming policy decisions.