Global Installed Wind Power Now Over 1.5% of Global Electricity Demand

Posted on May 5, 2009  Comments (6)

graph of global installed wind power capacityChart showing global installed wind energy capacity by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, Creative Commons Attribution. Data from World Wind Energy Association, for installed Mega Watts of global wind power capacity.


Globally 27,339 MW of capacity were added in 2008, bringing the total to 121,188 MW, a 29% increase. The graph shows the top 10 producers (with the exceptions of Denmark and Portugal) and includes Japan (which is 13th).

In 2007, Europe had for 61% of installed capacity and the USA 18%. At the end of 2008 Europe had 55% of installed capacity, North America 23%, Asia 20%, Australia 1.5%, Latin America .6% and Africa .5%. Country shares of global capacity at the end of 2008: USA 21%, Germany 20%, Spain 14%, China 10%, India 8% (those 5 countries account for 73% of global capacity).

USA capacity grew 50% in 2008, moving it into the global lead for the first time in a decade. China grew 107%, the 3rd year in a row it more than doubled capacity.

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6 Responses to “Global Installed Wind Power Now Over 1.5% of Global Electricity Demand”

  1. Nancy
    May 6th, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    USA’s wind energy installation is increasing big time.I hope their solar instalation will be the same soon.

  2. Scott Thourson
    May 9th, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    Yes, but this stuff is so expensive and spacious. We need Cost effective energy from Nuclear power. Sure it will take a load off, but we can’t expect much from these sources. I’m not against any alternative energy source as long as it’s not from oil or coal, but need to be thinking about a massive take over from an alternative source which I don’t think wind or solar power can handle. Remember that the demand for energy is increasing as well. I don’t think wind or sun power will realistically be able to keep up.

  3. leon
    May 19th, 2009 @ 4:17 am

    I would say that nuclear power is a fast and profitable way of getting energy. But, we surely need to combine different sources as natural ones are not for years.

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  5. mike
    November 6th, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

    Wind power and solar power are on the rise in the US with many city and individual projects. What they ALL share is a need to store the energy for later use. The Generator is wind, solar, biodiesel, but the solution is in the genverter systems used to store and retrieve this clean power!

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