Global wind energy increased by nearly 20% in 2012, helping to boost maximum worldwide capacity to 282 gigawatts (GW), according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
Leading countries helping to increase global wind capacity included the United States and China, who were neck and neck in annual installations. Each country installed around 13 GW each. Alone, China and the US made up 59% of new total wind power capacity. China in 2012 had 30% of the installed market share and was number one. The US had 29%, making it number two.