Worldwide Wind Power Capacity Now At 282 GW

The World Wind Energy Association has recently launched the World Wind Energy Report 2012. Below you can find some keypoints:

  • The worldwide wind capacity reached 282 GW, out of which 44’609 Megawatt were added in 2012, more than ever before.
    Wind power showed a growth rate of 19,2 %, which is the lowest rate in the last 12 years.
  • All wind turbines installed by the end of 2012 worldwide can provide 580 Terawatthours per year, more than 3 % of the global electricity demand.
  • The wind sector in 2012 had a turnover of 60 billion Euro/75 billion USD.
  • Altogether, 100 countries and regions used wind power for electricity generation; Iceland has become the 100th country that is using wind power.

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  • China and USA both installed around 13 Gigawatt of new wind generators; USA added most of it in second half of the year in a rush to avoid the anticipated PTC expiration.
  • Continents:
    • Asia installed the largest share (36,3 %), followed b North America (31,3 %) and Europe (27,5 %). Latin America stood for 3.9 % and Australia/Oceania for 0,8 %. Africa (0,2 %) is still a tiny wind market.
    • Latin America and Eastern Europe continue to be the most dynamic world regions while Africa showed stagnation, with only Tunisia and Ethiopia installing new wind farms.
  • Asia:
    • China continued to be the by far largest Asian market and added 13 Gigawatt, however, significantly less than in the previous year.
    • India was again the third largest market for new wind turbines worldwide, adding 2,5 GW. The third largest Asian wind market, Japan, still grew very slowly and installed less than newcomer Pakistan.
  • North America:
    • The US market set a new record and became the world’s largest market for new wind turbines, adding 13 GW.
    • The Canadian market slowed down and grew below the global average.
  • Europe:
    • Germany continued its role as the largest and most stable market in Europewith 31 GW, followed by Spain with 22,8 GW.
    • UK took over the position as second largest European market for new turbines from Spain which installed even less than Italy.
    • Italy, France and the UK continued to be the medium-sized markets, with total capacity between 7,5 and 8,5 GW. Poland, Romania and Sweden became major markets for new turbines.
  • The share of offshore wind in the overall capacity increased to 1,9 %, after 1,5 % in 2011.
  • Policy uncertainties in major markets represent a major barrier for wind penetration.
  • WWEA expects a global capacity of more than 500’000 Megawatt by the year 2016. Around 1’000’000 Megawatt are possible by the year 2020.

Source: WWEA

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