European Union leads the world in renewable energy – achieves 100 GW of wind power

Renewable energy continues to surge in the European Union (EU). The latest achievement is 100 GW of wind power, the equivalent of 62 coal power plants 다운로드. The growth has been fast, “it took twenty years to get the first 10 GW grid connected…only 13 years to add 90 GW.” And half of that was added in the last six years 알람 소리 다운로드.

To produce the same amount of electricity with coal – in one year – would require the mining, transport and burning of 72 million tons of coal, at a cost of $6.48 billion 클립스튜디오 소재 다운로드.

For a broader perspective, the United States is also booming having recently achieved 50 GW of installed wind power 다운로드. But the most important number is the total electricity used in the EU – 3.6 million GW 다운로드. And this wind milestone only represents 0.003% of that. Like an ant standing at the foot of the mountain.

The good news is that growth is continuing at a rapid pace – 13-16% in each of the past 5 years – and only a tiny fraction of “Europe’s vast domestic wind energy resources” have been put to use 다운로드. Follow the curve of this graph and you can see where the future is headed:

 

source: European Wind Energy Association

 

Total wind power installed in the European Union (GW, years)

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