Wind Review 2013

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This is our yearly special edition of Wind Review, our quarterly newsletter for the wind energy industry, looking at seasonal wind conditions across Europe.

The annual special edition of Wind Review highlights the wind performance for the whole of 2013 compared with 2012 for specific sites in the UK and Europe.

During 2013 the EU wind energy sector installed 11.2 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, bringing the EU's total wind power capacity to 117.3 GW. The sector is now meeting 8% of Europe's electricity demand which is an increase of 1% on 2012, according to EWEA.

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We look at the wind index (see image) in each edition of Wind Review, and for 2013 it shows the wind speeds were generally around average across Europe, with all regions within the ±5% range.

Wind index 2013 highlights:

wind index for European sites for whole of 2013 Wind Index for 15 sites

Aberystwyth, Wales - conditions were around average for the first three months of the year, followed by a period of relatively strong winds up until June. Winds then dropped well below average for July, but later remained around average until December, which was characterised by a number of particularly violent low pressure systems which affected the UK.

Braga, Italy - wind speeds increased by 16.5% above its long-term average for the year, driven by 10 months of above average wind speeds, with February being markedly above the average.

Dresden, Germany - largely below average wind speeds, with no months showing any exceptionally windy periods.

Iberia and British Isles - a marked increase in wind speed in comparison to previous years.

Central Europe -  the prevalence of high pressure meant that lower Europe as a whole had very little change compared to the previous year.

See the Wind Review 2013 wind index PDF wind index table and analysis (PDF, 27 kB)

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Last updated: 23 April 2014