New figures out today show Europe’s wind energy industry enjoyed a strong start to 2019. In the first six months of the year, 4.9GW of new wind energy capacity was added, up from the 4.5GW during the same period in 2018, according to WindEurope.
While the progress was welcomed by Pierre Tardieu, WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, it came with a warning that bottlenecks slowing uptake in some parts of the continent must be overcome if future renewable energy targets are to be met.
He said: “It was a good start to the year for offshore wind growth. But onshore wind installations were poor these past six months. The EU has set a renewable energy target of 32% for 2030 and is talking about a net zero economy by 2050. The rate of installations we’ve seen so far this year won’t get us there.”