Unprecedented Growth of Global Wind Power Capacity

Unprecedented Growth of Global Wind Power Capacity

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For 2012, global wind power capacity increased by 45 gigawatts (GW) or approximately 20{82e5879b62f9f0cbb622da6aeaafa5e16d37c32fcd77ff762e12cec7a1007225} all over the world. Total capacity reached a new high of 282 gigawatts.

For 2012, global wind power capacity increased by 45 gigawatts (GW) or approximately 20{82e5879b62f9f0cbb622da6aeaafa5e16d37c32fcd77ff762e12cec7a1007225} all over the world.  Total capacity reached a new high of 282 gigawatts. Of the additional capacity in 2012, both the US and China had 13GW a piece, while the UK, India and Germany had around 2GW each.

According to Steve Sawyer, the Secretary General of the GWEC or the Global Wind Energy Council, the agency that compiles the figures, 2012 was a remarkably strong year for both the European and US markets. On the other hand, China slowed down a bit.  He also said, that the Asian market is still the leader in the global market, with North America running a close second, and Europe following very closely.

China leads in installed wind power with 77GW, and the US follows with 60GW. In Europe, the UK ranks 6th in the world with 8.5GW and only Spain with 23GW and Germany with 31GW bested UK.

At present, the UK holds the 6th highest position in the whole world with its 8.5GW installed wind power. With regards offshore wind power operation, the UK is considered the global leader with 0.85 megawatts installed in 2012. This brings the country’s total to 3GW. Running second is Denmark with 0.96GW and third is Belgium with 0.4GW.

A spokeswoman for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change  revealed that there is a groundbreaking offshore turbine with a 6MW capacity that’s presently under installation in the North Sea.

China’s slowdown is attributed to the consolidation of the market while in India, a similar condition was due to a failure in policy. But Asia is still expected to continue to dominate the wind market globally, according to the GWEC.

The surge of installation in the US is credited to the haste to beat the expected termination of the tax credits. Out of the total 13GW, 8GW were installed during the last quarter of 2012. But, the end to tax credits has been put off, which could mean a likely slowdown in 2013 in the US.

As stated by the GWEC, the 2013 European outlook is tentative because of the Eurozone debt crisis. However, the legal commitments of the EU and the renewable energy targets for 2020 guarantee some degree of stability.

In Africa, there is not much installation of wind power. However, an Ethiopian 53MHW large wind farm project installed in 2012, the first in the sub-Saharan Africa, could be the initiation of wind power in the African market.