Wind produced electricity has reached good penetration levels:
- 20% in Denmark*;
- in Germany 5,9% and Spain 5%.
- During 2003, German wind capacity grew by 2,674 MW, taking the countryís total up to more than 14,600 MW.
- The northern state of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) has 1,800 MW of installed wind capacity, enough to meet 30% of the regionís total electricity demand.
- In 1993 just 52 MW of wind energy capacity was operating in the Spanish landscape. By the end of 2001 the total had mushroomed to 3,550 MW, almost 30% installed in that one year alone. During 2003, new capacity increased yet again to reach 6,420 MW, maintaining Spainís position as No.2 wind nation in the world.
- In Navarra (Spain), 50% of consumption is met by wind power.
- The past decade in particular has seen a dramatic increase in the production capacity of Danish turbine manufacturers. Annual output, mainly for export around the world, increased from 368 MW in 1994 to over 3,200MW in 2003. Despite the emergence of competing manufacturing countries, 40% of the wind turbine capacity being installed globally today is of Danish origin.
* By 2030 wind is expected to be supplying up to half of the countryís electricity and 1/3 of its total energy. To reach this level, a capacity in excess of 5,500 MW will need to be installed, a good proportion of it offshore.