According to the recently published WindEurope report “WE Annual Ststistics 2016”, it is Germany that still holds the leadership in wind power among the countries of Europe. Economic locomotive reduces nuclear power and increases wind power. The total capacity of German wind farms makes up about one third of the total capacity of wind power stations of all European countries. According to WindEurope data, Germany generated 5,000 GWh of electric power due to wind energy in 2016. The country is confident of reaching at least 18% of its energy balance from renewable energy sources by 2020. However, within the framework of commitments to control global climate change, it is necessary for the EU countries to generate 20% of energy from renewable energy sources by 2020. And only from after 2014 a significant increase in wind power capacity managed to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving the desired goals.
You can also visually familiarize yourself with the detailed process of wind farms expansion in all European countries from 2000 to 2016 over a dynamic chart developed by WindEurope for Euronews news service:
It should be noted that the number of wind power stations put into operation in 2016 decreased by 3% compared to 2015 in the EU. But, despite this circumstance, the wind power sector generated 12,500 GWh of electric power over the past year. During 2016, production capacities were significantly increased due to wind farms in France and the Netherlands, but in other European countries the situation in wind power is not so favorable. According to Oliver Joy, a representative of WindEurope, “More than half of the EU Member States invested nothing in wind energy over the past year. And currently only seven out of 28 EU Member States have clean schemes for the development of renewable energy sources after 2020, and this is clearly not enough.”