Wind Power Provided Over 1% of Global Electricity in 2007

Posted on September 30, 2008  Comments (11)

graph of global installed wind power capacity

Data from World Wind Energy Association, for installed Mega Watts of global wind power capacity in 2007. 19,696 MW of capacity were added in 2007, bringing the total to 93,849 MW. Europe accounts for 61% of installed capacity, Germany accounts for 24% and the USA 18%.

The graph shows the top 10 producers (with the exceptions of Denmark and Portugal) and includes Japan (which is 13th).

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11 Responses to “Wind Power Provided Over 1% of Global Electricity in 2007”

  1. Carnival of the Green #148: Sustainablog
    October 6th, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    The Curious Cat Science and Engineering blog has a graphic representation of global installed wind power capacity (and it’s impressive!)…

  2. Brandon Schlichter
    October 7th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    It’s great to see that wind power has really gained in the US over the past 3 years. Hopefully local municipalities will be giving when it comes to allowing citizens to put up windmill systems.

    Unfortunately, I have heard from some individuals of local townships not allowing generation systems because they’re “Too Tall” even though they fall far below heights that would interfere with air traffic or anything of the sort.

  3. Curious Cat: Wind Turbine Manufacturing in Colorado
    October 23rd, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

    “Danish wind turbine manufacture Vestas Wind Systems has chosen Pueblo for what it has said is a nearly $240 million manufacturing plant to build the steel towers needed to hold wind turbines aloft…”

  4. Jon Souza
    November 3rd, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

    Wow 20% of electricity by 2030! That’s quite an amazing statistic. Love your blog.

  5. Alexander
    December 22nd, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    Wind power is not a solution.

    The whole truth about wind turbines is never told by lobbyists and governments.
    How could the very weak and extremely unreliable initial energy source of a wind turbine ever produce a steady power of any significance?
    Please think!
    And read: “Wind energy- the whole truth” at:
    And to show how completely irrelevant wind power is in regard to the worldwide energy and climate crisis visit the following link:
    And play around with the charts you see there (The BP charts regarding energy reserves and energy consumption worldwide over the last 20 to 40 years.) and make some calculations. And if you don´t get confused with the zeros, you will get my point.
    The resources now poured into futile, but very ingenious and high-tech windmills, could be far better used for, for example:
    1) Burning coal in a cleaner way,
    2) Efficiency of energy use in the broadest sense of the word
    3) Promoting a drastic change of life style (There are about 6.5 billion people, who all have the right to have some energy to their disposal).
    Just 3 ideas.

  6. Curious Cat Engineering Blog: Canadian Oil Sands
    March 1st, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    “To extract each barrel of oil from a surface mine, the industry must first cut down the forest, then remove an average of two tons of peat and dirt that lie above the oil sands layer, then two tons of the sand itself…”

  7. Huge New Natural Gas Discoveries in the USA at Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog
    May 3rd, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    “could hold some 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That’s the equivalent of 33 billion barrels of oil, or 18 years’ worth of current U.S. oil production. Some industry executives think the field could be several times that size…”

  8. Curious Cat Engineering: Global Installed Wind Power Now Over 1.5% of Global Electricity Demand
    May 5th, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

    Globally 27,339 MW of capacity were added in 2008, bringing the total to 121,188 MW, a 29% increase…

  9. Anonymous
    July 15th, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    hii..thats a good news but 1% is very very small..we would surely have power crisis if we dont promote the alternative energy source like wind energy for electricity generation.

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    July 15th, 2010 @ 8:30 am

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  11. Global Wind Energy Capacity Exceeds 2.5% of Global Electricity Needs at Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog
    December 7th, 2011 @ 5:03 am

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