Europe installed a record amount of wind power in 2021


New wind turbines being built at a wind farm in Germany on October 12, 2021.

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Europe installed 17.4 gigawatts of wind power capacity in 2021, according to figures from industry body WindEurope, a record amount and an 18% increase compared to 2020.

Despite this, the Brussels-based organization said it was not enough to meet energy and climate goals. The European Union, which consists of 27 countries, installed 11 GW in 2021, far below what WindEurope says is required.

“To reach its 40% renewable energy target for 2030, the EU needs to build 30 GW of new wind a year,” Giles Dickson, the CEO of WindEurope, said in a statement Thursday.

“But it built…


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