A global wind energy boom

If you think 2009 was a rotten year for all businesses, read on. To the Global Wind Energy Council 37.5 GW of wind energy capacity was installed in 2009 alone. This represents a 31 percent increase over 2008.

In Europe, capacity grew up by 10 GW and investors pumped 13 billion euros into the industry. Spain is the first with 2.5 GW, then comes Germany with 1.9 GW. The United Kingdom, Italy and France follow with around a gigawatt each.

China doubled its capacity with 12 GW plugged to the grids and the capacity in the United States also grew by ten gigawatts.  I find all these figures impressive and look forward to see what will happen in 2010.

Edouard

Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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