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Europe set for 262GW new wind farms by 2030

RICHARD HEAP

February 28, 2024

Improvements to permitting in Europe will enable developers to double installed wind capacity in the continent to over 530GW, WindEurope has reported.

The trade association has today published its annual statistics for 2023, which highlighted that wind farms totalling 18.3GW were commissioned in Europe last year including 16.2GW in the European Union. This was led by Germany (3.9GW), the Netherlands (2.4GW) and Sweden (2GW).

This took total wind capacity in Europe to 272GW at the end of 2023, of which 238GW is onshore and 34GW is offshore.

WindEurope also forecast that 262GW of new wind capacity would be completed in Europe between 2024 and 2030, or 29GW a year on average. This is close to the 33GW that WindEurope said needs to be installed annually for the EU to meet its climate targets. It said this growth was being driven by improvements in permitting and EU policy support, but that the grid could still be a constraint on future developments.