The figures show EU-27 power generating capacity increasing by 2.5% between 2006 and 2007, from 775.5 GW to 794.9 GW, the largest proportional increase being in the RES sector, with more than 8.8 GW of new capacity - an increase of 13% on 2006 - coming on stream. This development was mainly in wind - both on-shore and off-shore - and to some extent in solar installations. As regards fossil-fuel fired plant, 2007 saw a modest 4% increase on 2006 but nonetheless some 18 GW came on stream. Nuclear power and hydropower capacity remained constant at 133 GW and 140 GW respectively.
Looking back over the 2000-2007 period, we observe an impressive growth in new RES capacity, with 55 GW of new capacity coming on stream, a more than 250% growth in only seven years. The statistics reveal a much more modest 13% growth in fossil fuel fired capacity, which nevertheless still forms the backbone of Europe's power generating equipment.