Power in Europe

Facts about the power in Europe 2010-2015

The most interesting facts about the power generation in Europe for the last 5 years which can be extracted from the tables at this site are:

  • the power consumption dropped by 3.2% for 5 years from 3,366,435 GWh to 3,259,381 GWh
  • the production from nuclear power dropped by 6.7%
  • the production from gas dropped by 29.3%
  • the production from new renewables (wind, solar and biomass) increased by 119.4%
  • the share of power from the new renewables (wind, solar and biomass) increased by 8.72% for 5 years, from 7.32% to 16.04%. The production from the new renewables took its share at first place from the power generation from gas, not from the nuclear power and coals as it was probably expected some time ago.
  • all the countries toghether became from a net importer with small import of 15,145 GW a net exporter with only 5,977 GWh.



  • the capacity factor for wind power in Europe in 2015 was about 23.7%. We can get to this number knowing that at the end of 2015 the wind power capacity was 142GW and during 2015 the installed wind capacity was 12.8GW. That means the average wind capacity for 2015 was 142GW - 12.8GW / 2 = 135.6GW. For 87766 hours in one year that capacity can generate 135.6 * 8766 = 1188669.6GWh power, but it generated 281847GWh power from wind which is 281847 / 1188669.6 *100 = 23.7%
  • the capacity factor for PV power in Europe in 2013 was about 12.0%. We can get to this number knowing that at the end of 2013 the PV power capacity was 79.952GW and during 2013 the installed PV capacity was 10.253GW. That means the average wind capacity for 2013 was 79.952GW - 10.253GW / 2 = 74.825GW. For 87766 hours in one year that capacity can generate 74.825 * 8766 = 655916GWh power, but it generated 78,674GWh solar power which is 78674 / 655916 *100 = 11.9945%
  • the capacity factor for the nuclear power in the world in 2013 according to IAEA was 75.3%. It was only 18.6% in Japan. It was in BELGIUM - 80.3%, BULGARIA - 88.4%, CZECH REPUBLIC - 84.7%, FINLAND - 92.4%, FRANCE - 77.1%, GERMANY - 86.4%, HUNGARY - 88.1%, NETHERLANDS - 80.9%, ROMANIA - 93.6%, SLOVAKIA - 91%, SLOVENIA - 89.4%, SPAIN - 85.5%, SWEDEN - 74.1%, SWITZERLAND - 86.8%, UK - 75.6%