The Potential of Wind Power in the Arab world



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MIT Technology Review

In the Arab world, the renewable energy (RE) market is still in its infancy. While the United Nations adopted new environmental goals that call for the doubling of the share of energy produced from renewable sources by 2030 which currently stands at 15 percent of the global energy mix, in the Arab world RE is expected to account for just 7 percent of electricity generation this year according to the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).

Most of the region’s energy stems from hydropower (6.4 percent), with wind and solar accounting for just 0.6 percent and 0.1 percent respectively. In comparison, RE represented 26 percent of total energy produced in the EU in 2014 with wind accounting for 8 percent.