Wind power capacity grew 20% globally in 2012, figures show

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A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by increases in the US, Germany, India and the UK

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

“While China paused for breath, both the US and European markets had exceptionally strong years,” said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), which produced the statistics. “Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind.”

The UK now ranks sixth in the world for installed wind power, with 8.5GW. In Europe, only Germany (31GW) and Spain (23GW) have more. China leads the world with 77GW installed and the US is second with 60GW. […]

The record year for installation in the US was driven by a rush to beat an anticipated end to tax credits: 8GW of the total 13GW were installed in the last quarter of 2012. However, the tax credit has since been extended, meaning a dramatic slowdown in the US in 2013 is less likely. […]

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2 thoughts on “Wind power capacity grew 20% globally in 2012, figures show

  1. Reblogged this on Sustainablee and commented:
    It’s great to see that the global wind power capacity grew by 20% in light of the potential expiring tax credits! Even better to find that the US tax credits have been extended for 2013, I hope to see another big push for wind energy this year!


  2. Yes, I agree it is good news. However, the installed or “Nominal” capacity of new wind power is not it’s actual delivered power. The 20% installed capacity figure could be quite misleading and will require field verification from usage as these are new technologies. According to one researcher, “The data show that, on average, the output of these wind farms is in the order of only 8% of the stated or nominal capacity.”


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