The UK continued to lead Europe in new wind power last year, adding 2.4GW of both onshore and offshore capacity as turbine installations rose more than a quarter across the continent in 2019, according to trade body WindEurope. In total Europe installed 15.4GW of new wind energy in 2019, three quarters of which was installed onshore, bringing overall wind power capacity to date to 205GW and providing 15 per cent of the electricity consumption across the continent, the latest figures show. While the UK installed the most new wind farms, particularly offshore, Germany was only just behind with 2.2GW of new capacity in 2019, although this includes the country’s lowest rate of new onshore wind additions in 20 years at 1.1GW amid a shortage of suitable sites. Elsewhere, Spain added 2.3GW of new wind energy last year – its best in over a decade – followed by Sweden with a record 1.6GW and France at 1.3GW, WindEurope said on Monday. All three countries only built onshore wind farms in 2019.
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