Wind in numbers

 

5,500The number of average EU households that one 6 MW offshore turbine can power.
8,000 The number of parts a wind turbine has.
59.6%On 6 November, 2011 at 2 am, 59.6% of Spain's total power demand was supplied by wind power.
43%

Of all the electricity used by South Australians in July 2014 was generated by wind power, and on occasions during the month provided all the state’s electricity needs.

5.497.522The amount of avoided CO2 emissions by wind power each year in Brazil.
45%The annual growth of Chinese wind market in 2014.
33.2%Of Denmark's electricity consumption was covered by wind energy in 2014. The Danish government aims to get 50% of its electricity from wind by 2020 and 100% from renewable energy by 2050.
241,100The number of wind turbines spinning around the world at the end of 2013.
63,120The amount of wind turbines up and running in China at the end of 2013.
3It takes a wind turbine 3-6 months to recoup the energy that goes into producing, operating and recycling the wind turbine after its 20 to 25 year lifetime.
1$The amount of subsidies given to all renewable energy technologies, versus the $USD 6-7 in subsidies given to fossil fuels (IEA World Energy Outlook).
51.5The record number of GW of wind power installed in 2014, bringing the total installed global capacity to more than 369.6 GW at the end of 2014.
19,000The number of new wind turbines erected across the world in 2013.
3%The percentage of global electricity supplied by wind power.
17-19%The amount of global electricity that could be supplied by wind power in 2030.
10,000A farmer from Iowa who uses one tenth of a hectare for a wind turbine could earn about $USD 10,000 per year, compared to about $USD 300 using the same area to grow corn for ethanol.
17The cost of integrating large, conventional power plants onto the power system in Texas is more than 17 times larger than the cost of reliably integrating wind energy.
8The largest wind turbine in the world is the Vestas 8 MW turbine with a rotor diameter of 164 meters.
102The amount of megawatts in the first large commercial offshore project outside of Europe - the Shanghai Donghai Bridge offshore project.
89%The number of EU citizens who are in favour of wind power, according to a 2011 poll.
2A 10 MW wind farm can easily be built in two months. A larger 50 MW wind farm can be built in six months.
520,000The number of people expected to be employed by the wind industry in the EU by 2020. 
2,171,804The amount of people employed by the wind power sector in 2030 worldwide according to GWEO 2014 advanced scenario. 
601,500The number of people employed worldwide by the wind industry in 2013.
2,472The number of megawatts of wind power installed in Brazil in 2014 - Brazil has become a leader in the South American wind energy market, more than doubling the 2013 market to a total of more than 5.9 GW.
10.73The number of GW installed in Gansu Province in China at the end of 2014, making it the second province after Inner Mongolia to pass the 10 GW milestone. Other provinces aiming to reach at least 10 GW include: HeBei, Jiangsu, Jilin and XinJiang.
84In 2014, the 51.5 GW of wind power across the world avoided the emission of 619 million tonnes of CO2.
17Wind power farms generate between 17 and 39 times as much power as they consume, compared to 16 times for nuclear plants and 11 times for coal plants.
5,700,000,000 The EU exported 5.7 billion Euro worth of wind industry products and services in 2011.