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Meeting 2020 targets - Wind reaches half way point

EUROPE: Our figures of installed wind power capacity reflect the position in the autumn of 2012, with just eight years until the end of 2020, when European national renewable energy targets should be realised.

Overall, the EU-27 states have installed nearly 50% of the target wind-power capacity. Denmark leads the field, with 102% of its target capacity already installed, followed by Germany with 67%, although it has installed only 2% of its offshore target. France, belying its substantial target, is languishing at the bottom of the league, having installed only 27% of its target capacity. And the UK, which has the highest offshore target, has achieved only 29% of its ambition.

Click here for league table of countries and how far they have to go until 2020

The map also shows the progress of member states' interconnections, crucial for integration of large proportions of wind energy. These are exploited to the full; in 2011 France (64TWh) and Germany (56TWh) were the biggest exporters of electrical energy and Italy was the biggest importer (47TWh). There are numerous plans for additional trans-national interconnections, many to accommodate the planned build around the North Sea.

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