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Europe could power the world with onshore wind

There is an enormous amount of untapped wind energy on Europe’s land area. And if it could be harnessed, it could provide wind power to meet the whole world’s energy needs until 2050, a new study in the journal Energy Policy shows.

Wind farms are blossoming in Europe as part of the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Europe leads the world in wind energy production with about 189 GW of installed capacity, providing 14 percent of the EU’s electricity.