Latest Wind Review
This is our quarterly newsletter for the wind energy industry, looking at seasonal wind conditions across Europe.
The success of the global wind energy industry is linked directly to the performance and profitability of individual wind projects, which vary significantly from location to location and through time. In Wind Review, we give the industry an ongoing, high-level picture of wind across regions and sites within Europe. In doing so we aim to help you put the performance of your portfolio into context and assess whether your farm's under or over performance is due to wind or other factors, all based on recent wind statistics.
Summer 2014 was characterised by high pressure dominating much of continental Europe and, at times, Scandinavia. These settled conditions led to light winds and below average wind speeds for most of Europe. However, there were a few trends:
- While Scandinavia generally receives relatively low wind speeds in summer, it had a particularly windy 2013. This was due to high pressure centred over France and Britain during July 2013, and strong westerly winds regularly affecting the Scandinavian countries. However, with a trend to higher pressure during 2014, winds remained lighter.
- The tendency for higher pressure across southern and eastern areas also meant northwestern Europe had the strongest winds. This led to Iceland having a markedly windier season than would normally be expected. Iceland was the only region to record wind speeds above the long-term seasonal average
- The tendency for higher pressure across southern and eastern areas also meant northwestern Europe had the strongest winds.
- Italy had the lowest wind speeds across Europe during the summer.
- The North Sea, Baltic, British Isles and Denmark recorded the highest wind speeds in Europe, however these were generally just below the climatic mean.
Wind Review Summer 2014 centre page
Last updated: 17 October 2014