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Romania’s wind power growth – 7th largest in EU in 2010

Last year Romania hiked its installed wind power capacity by 448 MW to 462 MW, the growth in volume being the 7th largest in the EU, a report authored by the European Wind Energy Association shows, Mediafax informs. Nevertheless, Romania is still far behind other member states. Thus, while wind power covers 24 per cent of national energy consumption in Denmark, 14 per cent in Spain and Portugal, 10 per cent in Ireland and Germany and 5.3 per cent at EU level, in Romania wind farms cover only 1.6 per cent of national energy consumption. Romania has numerous wind power projects, both planned and in development, with companies such as CEZ (350 MW), Iberdrola (500-600 MW), Verbund (200 MW), Energias de Portugal (230 MW) and Continental Wind Partners (232 MW). Investments in onshore wind farms can go up to EUR 1.5-1.7 M per megawatt.

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