Wind energy will more than triple its power output in the European Union (EU) by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which published its scenarios for onshore and offshore wind power deployment ahead of the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050.
Electricity production from wind power is expected to increase from 182 TWh, or 5.5%, of the total EU demand in 2010 to 581 TWh, or 15.7%, of the total demand in 2020.
By 2020, the electricity production from wind energy will be equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all households in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the U.K., according to EWEA.
By 2030, 1,154 TWh (28% of total demand) would be produced by wind power – more than the EU's predicted 241 million private households are expected to consume in 2030. Wind power currently produces electricity equivalent to the consumption of 50 million average EU households, according to EWEA.