According to figures published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 39 per cent of all new energy generating technology in the EU last year was wind power.
This was followed by gas, which made up 26 per cent of all energy generating technologies and solar photovoltaics (16 per cent).
Altogether, renewable energy generating technologies accounted for 61 per cent of all new power generating capacity in 2009.
The report also found that Europe decommissioned more coal and nuclear capacity than it installed last year, while investment in new European wind farms reached 13 billion euros in 2009.
Christian Kjaer, chief executive of the EWEA, said the survey's findings are remarkable given the difficult year.
He added: "The figures confirm that wind power, together with other renewable energy technologies and a shift from coal to gas, are delivering massive European carbon reductions, while creating new jobs for Europe's citizens."
Richard Swannell, of waste management organisation Wrap, recently said that firms could benefit enormously from more efficient business energy use.
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