Wind power output in the EU will triple by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The EWEA made the prediction in its "Pure Power" report published today, with scenarios for onshore and offshore wind power deployment in the EU.
"Wind energy will more than triple its power output by 2020 with €194bn invested in European onshore and offshore wind farms in this decade," said Justin Wilkes, policy director of EWEA.
"This success is mainly driven by a strong EU regulatory framework to 2020, which we need also after 2020."
Electricity production from wind power is expected to increase from 182 Terawatt hours (TWh) or 5.5 per cent of the total EU demand in 2010, to 581 TWh or 15.7 per cent of the total demand in 2020.
By 2020 the electricity production from wind energy will be equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all households in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom together.
"Wind power will not only make a very substantial contribution to meeting Europe's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - it strongly accelerates a shift away from expensive fossil fuels, creates jobs, makes Europe more competitive, and provides secure and renewable power production in Europe," Wilkes said.
By 2030 1,154 TWh (28 per cent of total demand) would be produced by wind power, more than the EU's predicted 241 million private households are expected to consume in 2030.
Wind power today produces electricity equivalent to the consumption of 50 million average EU households, assuming an average EU household consuption of 3.76 MWh.
The report comes ahead of the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050, due to be published later this year.
It also shows that the 27 EU member states will have different increases in wind power capacity over the coming years.
Read the EWEA Pure Power report