A fifth of global electricity could come from wind by 2030



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Wind could supply 20 % of global electricity by 2030, according to a report presented by the Global Wind Energy Council last week in China.

The study says that by 2030 wind power could reach 2,110 GW, create 2.4 million new jobs and attract annual investment of about EUR 200 billion.

The report looked at four options with the horizons of 2020, 2030 and 2050. The first option considers the New Policies Scenario of the International Energy Agency, which is based on the intentions of national and international energy and climate policies. The second considers the IEA pathway with a 50% chance of limiting global warming to 2°C, which corresponds to 450 parts per million of carbon-dioxide equivalent in the atmosphere. The third and fourth are a moderate and advanced scenarios respectively based and the Global Wind Energy Council forecasts, which include industry orders and plans. Global demand has also been taken into consideration.