Wind energy provided 14% of Europe’s electricity last year, up 2% on 2017 – but there are worrying trends threatening further progress, according WindEurope.

At 41%, Denmark boasted the highest share of wind in its electricity last year, with Ireland on 28% and Portugal 24% making up the top three, statistics released today showed. The outlook is patchy though, with the 2030 National Energy & Climate Plans, set to be finalised in 2019 the opportunity, according to WindEurope, for governments to firm up their commitments.

“Wind energy now provides 14% of the EU’s electricity, up from 12% in one year. More and more people and businesses are benefitting from the clean and affordable power that wind delivers. But beneath the surface many things are not right. Last year was the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011. Growth in onshore wind fell by over half in Germany and collapsed in the UK. And 12 EU countries didn’t install a single wind turbine last year,” said Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO. “The 2030 National Energy & Climate Plans are a chance to put things right. But the draft Plans are badly lacking in detail: on policy measures, auction volumes, how to ease permitting and remove other barriers to wind investments, and how to expand the grid. Governments need to sort this out before they finalise the Plans this year.”