New record for renewable energy in Europe: in 2016 we reach touches almost 90% in the new energy produced in the continent.

Good news: last year almost 90% of the new energy in Europe has come from wind. Specifically, 86% of the new power  produced in Europe comes from renewable sources, especially from wind. According to the latest Wind Europe dossier, wind power has overtakes coal as the the second largest form of power generation capacity. And so now the wind produce 153.7 GW.

Energy in Europe, EU market shares for new wind energy capacity installed during 2016. Total 12,490 MW.
EU market shares for new wind energy capacity installed during 2016. Total 12,490 MW. Source: WindEurope.

There is consequently a continuous improvement: if the 24.5 GW of new capacity installed in the EU in 2016, 21,1GW – then 86% – has been produced from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power, in 2015 there we stopped at 79%.

Clean Energy: wind is now the second largest power generating capacity in the European Union

2015 - 2016: energy in Europe. Share in installed capacity in 2005 and 2016.
Share in installed capacity in 2005 and 2016. Source: WindEurope.

Clean Energy: what are the most virtuous countries in Europe?

But what are the most virtuous countries, that produce more clean energy? Germany installed in the last 12 months the highest number of facilities covering 44% of the total capacity of the EU. Spain, the United Kingdom and France follow with great numbers. The latter, together with the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland and Lithuania has also achieved in 2016 a new record for installations of wind farms.

Wind Energy in Europe
Wind Energy Capacity in 2016 in Europe. Source: WindEurope.

Among the most important projects in the wind sector in the past year, it is worth remembering the Gemini Project, the Netherlands, which is the largest offshore wind farm ever funded. It was connected on February of last year and has an output of 2.6 TWh of electricity annually, supplying clean energy to about a million and a half people.

Even in the world of tourism, we can see a growth in renewable energy investments: there are more and more hotels, bed & breakfast, farmhouses and mountain shelters that choose to use energy from clean, renewable sources, producing it on-site or by purchasing it. On Ecobnb it is easy to find and book these hospitality, just look for the destination of your travel and then select on the left (category Ecosustainability) 100% renewable energy to filter your results.

Map of Hotel and B & B with clean energy in Italy, doing a search for Eco-Sustainability criteria with Ecobnb platform.
Map of Eco-Hotels that are using clean energy in Italy, doing a search for “Eco-Sustainability” criteria with Ecobnb platform.

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Author: Chiara Marras

Sono Chiara, 25 anni, una laurea in tasca e tanti progetti in mente. Credo fortemente nel web come punto di scambio e divulgazione e penso che uno dei temi più urgenti in questo momento sia l'eco-sostenibilità. Perché allora non riscoprire il viaggio come unione con la natura e con la cultura locale?
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