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Wind Power Leads All New Power Generation

Big Markets dominated in 2015

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its flagship publication, the Global Wind Report: Annual Market update on 19 April 2016  in Brussels. The wind power industry set new records across the world last year, and wind is leading the transformation of the global power system, long overdue and very necessary to achieve the climate objectives agreed by 186 nations in Paris last December.

“Wind power led all technologies in new power generation in 2015”, said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer; “Led by wind, renewables have come of age and are transforming the power sector.”

The Chinese industry continued to amaze, installing no less than 30.8 GW of new capacity last year, more than the whole industry installed in 2008, and China surpassed the EU in total installations, ending the year with 145 GW in total. Both Europe and the US markets performed better than expected, and the European offshore sector set a new record, installing just over 3 GW.  Canada, Mexico and Brazil all had strong years. Read more


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Global installed wind power capacity in 2015 – Regional Distribution

Global Installed Wind Power Capacity (MW) – Regional Distribution  

Top ten new installed capacity in 2015

Top 10 new installed capacity Jan-Dec 2015

Top ten cumulative installed capacity in 2015

Top 10 cumulative capacity Dec 2015

Annual installed global capacity 2000-2015


Global Annual Installed Wind Capacity 2000-2015

Global Cumulative Installed Capacity 2000-2015

Global Cumulative Installed Wind Capacity 2000-2015

Annual Installed Capacity by Region 2007-2015

Annual Installed Capacity by Region 2007-2015

Global cumulative and annual offshore wind capacity end 2015

Global and Annual Cumulative Offshore Capacity (2011-2015)