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WWEC2014: Key Statistics of World Wind Energy Report published PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Shanghai/Bonn, 8 April 2014 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the World Wind Energy Conference WWEC2014 in Shanghai, WWEA has presented the key statistics of the World Wind Energy Report 2013:

  • World wind energy capacity reached 318’529 MW by end of 2013, after 282’275 MW in 2012. 
  • 35’550 MW of new wind capacity was added, the smallest growth since 2008, and after 44’609 MW in 2012.
  • The growth rate reached only 12,8%, the lowest level since modern wind power utilization has started around the world.
  • Wind power contributes close to 4% to the global electricity demand. 
  • In total, 103 countries are today using wind power on commercial basis.
  • China was still by far the leading wind market with a new capacity of 16’000 MW and a total capacity of 91’324 MW.
  • The US market saw a dramatic slump and installed only 1 GW, after 13 GW in 2012. 
  • Asia has now the same installed capacity like Europe (119 GW) and is expected to overtake Europe in 2014 as largest wind continent. 
  • The most dynamic markets with highest growth rates can still be found in Latin America and in Eastern Europe as well as for the first time in Africa, where Morocco showed a growth of 70%, the second highest growth rate of all countries, just behind Chile (76%). 
  • In some countries, wind power reached very high shares in the electricity supply; in Denmark (34%) and Spain (21%), wind energy has become the largest source of electricity; also Portugal (more than 20%), Ireland (more than 16%) and Germany (9%) have reached high portions.  
  • 7,4 GW of offshore wind was installed by end of 2013, and close to one million small wind turbines. 
  • For the year 2020, WWEA sees a wind capacity of more than 700’000 MW as possible. 

Click here for related graphs and here for a list with all countries using wind power today. 

 The full World Wind Energy Report 2013 will be published in mid-April 2014.

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WWEA releases summary of 2014 Small Wind World Report Update: PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

WWEA releases the summary of the 2014 Small Wind World Report Update:
- World market for small wind turbines reaches 678 MW
- China, USA and UK account for 80 % of the small wind world market
- More supportive policies are imperative to boost the small wind market


Bonn/Husum, 20 March 2014 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the 5th World Summit for Small Wind during the New Energy fair in Husum (Germany), WWEA released today the 2014 Small Wind World Report Update. The world market for small wind has continued to grow: As of the end of 2012, a cumulative total of at least 806’000 small wind turbines were installed all over the world. This is an increase of 10 % compared with the previous year, when 730’000 units were registered.

Most of the growth happens in only three countries: China, USA and UK. This situation is a clear indication that the world market for small wind turbines is still in its infancy stage. In most countries you can at least find a handful of small wind turbines, but the vast majority of these countries is far from market size which would enable companies to reach mass production. More and better policies are imperative for making small wind a success all over the world.

The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 678 MW as of the end of 2012. This is a growth of 18 % compared with 2011, when 576 MW were registered. In 2011, the growth rate was still at 21 %. China accounts for 39 % of the global capacity, the USA for 31 % and UK for 9,4 %. These three leading markets, China, USA and UK installed together around 89 MW of new capacity in the year 2012 (80 % of the world market), a capacity increase of 16 %, slightly below the global growth rate.

 The summary of the Small Wind World Report Update can be downloaded for free here

The complete version of the 2013 Small Wind World Report can be ordered in the WWEA Bookshop.

 
WWEA publishes Half-year Report 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Worldwide Wind Capacity close to 300 Gigawatt

- 14 GW of new installations in the first half of 2013, after 16,5 GW in 2012
- Worldwide wind capacity has reached 296 GW, 318 GW expected for full year
- Dramatic slump in US leads to global decrease, partly compensated by new markets
- China has reached total capacity of 80 GW
 
Bonn (WWEA) –  The worldwide wind capacity reached 296’255 MW by the end of June 2013, out of which 13’980 MW were added in the first six months of 2012. This increase is significantly less than in the first half of 2012 and 2011, when 16,5 GW respectively 18,4 GW were added. All wind turbines installed worldwide by mid-2013 can generate around 3,5 % of the world’s electricity demand.
 
The global wind capacity grew by 5% within six months (after 7 % in the same period in 2012 and 9 % in 2011) and by 16,6 % on an annual basis (mid-2013 compared with mid-2012). In comparison, the annual growth rate in 2012 was significantly higher (19 %).
 
    
 
The World Wind Wind Energy Report 2012 with detailed annual statistics (as of end of 2012) can be found here.
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World Wind World Report 2012 launched PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

WWEA presents World Wind Energy Report 2012:
100 Countries are using Wind Energy today - Iceland as 100th Wind Power Country

Bonn, 16 May 2013 (WWEA) – The World Wind Energy Association has today launched the World Wind Energy Report 2012.


Download pdf of English, French, Russian version

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WWEA releases 2013 Small Wind World Report Update PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 March 2013

WWEA releases the 2013 Small Wind World Report Update
- World market for small wind turbines sees dynamic growth and total capacity reaches 576 MW, 27 % more than in the previous year
- More than 330 manufacturers of small wind turbines can be found in 40 countries all over the world  
- More supportive policies could boost the small wind market


Husum/Bonn, 21 March 2013 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the 4th World Summit for Small Wind during the New Energy fair in Husum (Germany), WWEA released today the 2013 Small Wind World Report Update. The total number of small wind turbines installed all over the world reached 730'000 units as of the end of 2011 after 656'000 units in 2010, after 521'000 in 2009 and 460'000 in 2008. These small wind turbines represent a total capacity of around 576 MW (end of 2011), compared with a total capacity of 240 GW of large wind turbines.

The largest share of the small wind turbines can be found in two countries, China (500'000 units/225 MW) and the USA (151'000 units/198 MW), followed by the medium sized markets  with 2-22'000 installed units and 5-50 MW total capacity: UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan and Italy. In 2020, WWEA expects that the total installed small wind capacity will reach 5 GW. The market for new small wind turbines will have a volume of around 1 GW in the year 2020.


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