Industry statistics released February 1, 2006, for the EU wind energy market, show that cumulative wind power capacity increased by 18% to 40,504 MW (megawatt) at the end of 2005, up from 34,372 MW at the end of 2004.
The European Commission White Paper, published in 1997, set a target for wind power of 40,000 GW in EU-15 by 2010, which has now (end of 2005) been surpassed.
The top five European wind energy markets in 2005 were
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- European Wind Energy Association press release, 1st February 2006