Aeolic production in Europe

Wind power installed in Europe by end of 2017 reached 177,506 MW. The field is monitored, in Europe, by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), a non-profit NGO established in 1982, counting up to 700 members among which the main firms in aeolic plants making, and the most influential research institutes: it is the biggest sustainable resources association in the world. In 2017, installed wind power in Europe increased of 16,164 MW, from 161,342 MW to 177,506 MW. However there still are great disparities in the various European countries: Germany (31.6% of the total in Europe), Spain (13%), Great Britain (10.6%), France (7.7%) and Italy (5.3%) and together account for  68.2% of the production of wind power in Europe.
(Source: EWEA – Wind in power: 2017 European Statistics)
A significant contribution
Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and Council (which replaced previous Directives  2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC) aims to establish a common framework for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources. For each Member State, the Directive sets a target, share of energy  from renewable sources, out of the  final overall consumption of energy before 2020, which is coherent with the global target “20-20-20” (which means a 20% reduction in  greenhouse gas emissions, 20% energy saving and a 20% consumption of energy from renewable sources) of the EC. With regard to the transportation sector, energy from renewable sources must be equal to at least 10% of  overall energy consumption, by the year 2020. In 2017 wind energy generated enough electricity to meet 11.6% of the EU-28’s total electricity demand: this may not seem a very significant amount, however  there are constant increases in the production of wind energy every year.
(Source: ewea.org)

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