In 2016, the European Union (EU) connected 12.5 GW of new wind energy capacity—a decrease of 3% compared to 2015. Of the new capacity, land-based installations accounted for 10.9 GW and 1.57 GW offshore. The total cumulative wind capacity was 154 GW at the end of 2016, a growth of 8%. Wind power generated almost 300 TWh in 2016, covering 10.4% of the EU’s electricity demand.
The total European Commission (EC) funding specifically dedicated to wind energy technology increased to 65 million EUR (68 million USD) in 2016. Offshore technology receives the highest share of funding, followed by new turbine materials and components, while funding for grid integration and resource assessment is decreasing.