EU wind power construction slows, coal power grows

Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Author: Pete Harrison

Construction of new wind farms slowed in Europe by about one tenth last year, while coal power construction gathered pace, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said. Newly installed wind power capacity was 9.3 GW in 2010, compared to 10.5 GW in 2009, the industry body said in a statement. "For only the second time since 1998, the EU installed more coal power capacity than it decommissioned in 2010," it added.

It also said a 10 % decrease in the construction of new onshore wind farms in 2010 was partly offset by a 51 % increase in new wind farms at sea.
"These figures are a warning that we cannot take for granted the continued financing of renewable energy," said EWEA chief executive Christian Kjaer.
"Remarkable growth in the onshore wind markets of Romania, Poland and Bulgaria could not make up for the decline in new onshore installations in Spain, Germany and the UK," he added.

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