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EU says wind energy capacity growing fast

Wind energy is gaining a strong foothold in the European Union, with generating capacity approaching levels targeted for 2010, the EU statistics agency said Monday.

The European Commission wanted wind energy to produce 40 gigawatts in the EU by 2010. By the end of 2004, wind-power capacity had reached 33.6 GW, according to data from Eurostat.

Wind-power capacity has increased by over 150 percent in the EU since 2000. Fossil fuels still produce 58 percent of the EU's energy, but wind energy -- currently less than 5 percent of the EU's total power production -- is growing fast, Eurostat said.

A growing emphasis on renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources has pushed the expansion of wind power. Rising oil and gas prices also have spurred the transition.

Germany is the EU's leading wind energy producer, with a total generating capacity of 16.6 GW, or 13 percent of its energy production, in 2004. Malta, Cyprus and Slovenia produce no wind energy

The European Commission wanted wind energy to produce 40 gigawatts in the EU by 2010. By the end of 2004, wind-power capacity had reached 33.6 GW, according to data from Eurostat.
 
Wind-power capacity has increased by over 150 percent in the EU since 2000. Fossil fuels still produce 58 percent of the EU's energy, but wind energy -- currently less than 5 percent of the EU's total power production -- is growing fast, Eurostat said.
 
A growing emphasis on renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources has pushed the expansion of wind power. Rising oil and gas prices also have spurred the transition.
 
Germany is the EU's leading wind energy producer, with a total generating capacity of 16.6 GW, or 13 percent of its energy production, in 2004. Malta, Cyprus and Slovenia produce no wind energy


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MAY 22 2006
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