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Europe generates record-breaking amount of wind energy

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By Chris Harris
Europe generates record-breaking amount of wind energy

<p>Wind powered nearly a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand at the weekend – the highest proportion on record.</p> <p>Experts say 24.6 percent of Europe’s electricity needs was served by wind power on Saturday. </p> <p>Wind power met all of Denmark’s electricity demand, followed by Germany, 61 percent; Portugal, 44 percent; Ireland, 34 percent; Austria, 33 percent; Spain, 31 percent; UK, 29 percent; Netherlands, 25 percent; Sweden, 24 percent; and Poland, 22 percent.</p> <p>There was also record amounts of wind-power generated in the evening in Germany (39.1 gigawatts), Poland (5.1 GW) and Norway (0.9 GW).</p> <p>Wind Europe said the continued expansion of wind power in the European Union and strong northern winds had both helped serve up a record-breaking day.</p> <p>Germany leads the way in the EU in terms of wind power capacity, with Spain, the UK and France also big hitters.</p> <p>“Wind currently represents on average around 10 percent of Europe’s electricity,” said a spokesman for Wind Europe. “This could be 30 percent by 2030 with the right policies in place. </p> <p>“Wind is now firmly established as the cheapest form of new power generation. But the outlook from 2020 is uncertain.”</p> <p>The EU has committed to producing 20 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Latest figures, from the European Commission, show it managed 16.7 percent in 2015.</p> <h3>How EU wind power has gained momentum since 2000</h3> <p>Click play to watch the animation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This how <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/windpower?src=hash">#windpower</a> has grown in the EU since 2000. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/renewables?src=hash">#renewables</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WindEurope"><code>WindEurope</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Green_Europe"></code>Green_Europe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/m_kaczerowski"><code>m_kaczerowski</a> <a href="https://t.co/5vAcoPXTmO">pic.twitter.com/5vAcoPXTmO</a></p>— Chris Harris (</code>lyonanglais) <a href="https://twitter.com/lyonanglais/status/832195730207100929">February 16, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>