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The European Union installed 15 gigawatts of wind capacity in 2022

January 11, 2023

The EU installed 15GW of new wind farms in 2022, a third more than 2021, according to WindEurope.  

This increase in new installations is an encouraging result given the overlapping challenges the industry faced in 2022, the representative body said. 

In terms of new capacity installed Germany, Sweden and Finland are leading the way, followed by Spain and France.

WindEurope found that 90% of the new wind capacity was onshore wind, which were nearly all in new greenfield sites.

However, it said that 15GW still falls significantly short of what Europe needs to build to deliver on its climate and energy security targets.

The shortfall is largely due to permitting bottlenecks, with 80GW of wind energy projects are currently stuck in permitting procedures across Europe.

In addition, in the first 11 months of 2022 the total new investments in wind farms in the EU covered only 12GW of new capacity.

[Staff Report]

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