We recently reported that the United States managed to top the list for new wind power installations in 2012. In fact, 2012 was also a record-breaking year for worldwide wind power installations, with 44,000 megawatts installed and total capacity exceeding 280,000 megawatts. More than 80 countries now receive a portion of their electricity from wind power.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council, China alone installed 13,000 megawatts of wind last year and for the first time, wind energy generation increased more than coal-fired electricity generation. The country is now responsible for more than a quarter of the world’s wind energy.