Europe installs 17GW of wind energy in 2021, a record but falls short of meeting climate goals

According to WindEurope, Europe will add 17.4 GW of wind power in 2021, a record high and an increase of 18% compared to 2020.

But this may not be enough to meet growing electricity demand, as well as climate and renewable energy goals, such as the 27-nation European Union installing just 11GW in 2021, which is not enough to meet energy and climate goals. Giles Dickson, chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association, said the EU needs to add 30 GW of wind energy every year to meet its 2030 target of 40% renewable energy.

With just 11GW of new wind installations in the EU in 2021 and only 18GW planned for each year over the next five years, Dickson said this could affect the Green Deal and hit Europe’s wind power supply chain.

At present, the EU hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, and also intends to increase the ratio of renewable energy from the current 32% to more than 42%. WindEurope also pointed out another obstacle to the growth of wind power installations, that is, regulations and lengthy, Complicated administrative procedures, government licensing is one of the obstacles to the future of the wind power industry and the “major bottleneck”.

Currently there are ENERCON, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, GE Renewable Energy, Vestas, Nordex and WindEurope, which the government hopes will simplify the licensing process.

Overall, however, the number of wind power installations in Europe continues to rise. In 2021, the new installations of onshore wind turbines in Europe will reach 14 GW, and the offshore wind power capacity will increase by 3.4 GW. The largest markets for offshore wind power and onshore wind power are in the UK and Sweden respectively, with 2.3GW and 2.1GW installed.

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