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10 March 2022

EU missed wind capacity installation target by more than 50% in 2021

A new report by WindEurope reveals the EU’s lack of progress towards its 2030 climate target.

By Energy Monitor Staff

Europe installed 17GW of wind capacity in 2021. The EU 27 installed just 11GW – less than half of what should have been installed to stay on track as part of its ‘Fit for 55’ package. This was highlighted in a new report published on 24 February by WindEurope, a Brussels-based trade association.

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The wind power market has grown at a CAGR of 14% between 2010 and 2021 to reach 830 GW by end of 2021. This has largely been possible due to favourable government policies that have provided incentives to the sector. This has led to an increase in the share of wind in the capacity mix, going from a miniscule 4% in 2010 to 10% in 2021. This is further set to rise to 15% by 2030. However, the recent commodity price increase has hit the sector hard, increasing risks for wind turbine manufacturers and project developers, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis has caused further price increase and supply chain disruption. In light of this, GlobalData has identified which countries are expected to add the majority of wind power capacity out to 2030. Get ahead and download this whitepaper for more details on the current state of the Wind Power Market.
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The report analyses 2021 onshore and offshore wind installations in European countries as well as EU member states, and forecasts expected wind installation trends from 2022 to 2026.

Engineers standing in front of a wind turbine. (Photo by Manfra Giuseppe via Shutterstock)


The EU 27 needs to install 32GW annually to meet its 40% renewable energy target but is expected to only build an average of 18GW of new wind farms between 2022 and 2026, according to WindEurope.

Out of the largest wind-producing countries in Europe, only Spain and Italy generated more wind power than in previous years – and those capacity additions were modest at best.

WindEurope bases its predictions on the assumption that governments deliver on their commitments to grow wind capacity. If they fail to do so and continue to restrict planning requirements for wind farms, WindEurope predicts just 89GW of wind capacity installed over the period 202226.

The report stresses that governments must accelerate the authorisation of wind projects in Europe to meet its 2030 targets.

The report details an expected installation of 116GW of wind capacity in Europe overall over the next four years, three-quarters of which will be onshore wind.

In 2021, onshore wind turbines accounted for 81% of new wind installations in Europe. Within the EU, Sweden and Germany installed the greatest number of onshore wind turbines. The UK had the most turbine installations overall, accounting for 10GW out of Europe’s total of 27.8GW of new offshore installations. Wind power capacity in Europe today stands at 236GW.

Free Report
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Wind Power Market seeing increased risk and disruption

The wind power market has grown at a CAGR of 14% between 2010 and 2021 to reach 830 GW by end of 2021. This has largely been possible due to favourable government policies that have provided incentives to the sector. This has led to an increase in the share of wind in the capacity mix, going from a miniscule 4% in 2010 to 10% in 2021. This is further set to rise to 15% by 2030. However, the recent commodity price increase has hit the sector hard, increasing risks for wind turbine manufacturers and project developers, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis has caused further price increase and supply chain disruption. In light of this, GlobalData has identified which countries are expected to add the majority of wind power capacity out to 2030. Get ahead and download this whitepaper for more details on the current state of the Wind Power Market.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

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