2012 was a good year for the global wind energy market, mainly in the US and China. However, Europe is not getting left behind and is even in the lead as far as offshore power is concerned.
In early February, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) published its global wind power statistics for 2012. According to these figures, the global market remains dominated by three large geographic zones: China is in in first place, with a wind power industry representing 30% of global wind energy, closely followed by the United States (29%) and the European Union (26%).
“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. “Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind.”
Indeed, despite a slowdown in terms of installations, China remains in front, succeeded by India, which is also pervasive in this sector. The Asian market’s domination should therefore continue over the coming years.