Europe has seen a sizable 6.1GW increase in wind capacity already in 2017, with the UK (1.2 GW), Germany (2.2 GW) and France (492 MW) leading the pack.
Figures released today by WindEurope are suggestive of a real growth in wind capacity across the continent in 2017.
With a standing total of 4.8GW offshore and 1.3GW offshore capacity added so far this year by front runners Germany, UK, Belgium, Finland and France, the true end of year number could be notable.
However, this year funding for offshore projects has been much lower than in previous years with the report noting a substantial dip from the record high of €14bn in 2016 to a mere €2.9bn thus far in 2017.
WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, Pierre Tardieu, said: “We are on track for a good year in wind capacity installations but growth is driven by a handful of markets. At least ten EU countries have yet to install a single MW so far this year. On onshore wind, the end of UK Renewable Obligation scheme will lead to even greater market concentration in Germany, Spain and France. On offshore, the level of finance activity is a concern. Although this won’t translate into lower installations for another few years, the industry needs clarity on volumes for the post-2020 period to maintain the current cost reduction trend.
“Member States should come forward as soon as possible with their National Energy and Climate Plans to 2030. In combination with the three-year auctioning schedule proposed by the European Commission, the national plans will give sorely needed visibility to the wind energy supply chain.”