Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wind Power Grows

According to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council the amount of wind energy generating capacity grew by 19% in 2012. The total amount of capacity is now at 282,000 megawatts (MW). We’ve seen that wind generated electricity is now on par with other sources when it comes to price ( and its showing.

China and the US are leading the way with more than 13,000 MW of new generation capacity last year. Brazil leads South America with 1,077 MW of new capacity bringing them to 2500 MW, while Germany and the UK lead in Europe with more than 3500 MW of new capacity in 2012.

The report linked below has nice graphs and charts showing breakouts by region, country, and offshore vs. onshore capacity.

Photo: Norwegian University of Science and Technology


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