Global wind capacity grew by 12.5 % in 2013

wind capacity grew in 2013To Enerdata ” global wind capacity increased by 12.5% in 2013, reaching 318,137 MW. During the year, 35,467 MW were installed worldwide, which is almost 10 GW below capacity additions in 2012. “

” US installations were badly impacted by a policy gap created by the US Congress in 2012; in Europe, installations grew by a modest 8%, and were pulled by two countries, Germany and the United Kingdom. “

” Installations soared in China (+16.1 GW, i.e. +21% to 91.4 GW), in Canada (+1.6 GW, i.e. +26%, to 7.8 GW) and in Australia (+655 MW, i.e. + 25%, to 3.2 GW). “

The article goes on :

” China accounted for 45% of new installations during the year the government’s commitment to wind power has been reinforced once again by raising the official target for 2020 to 200 GW. According to GWEC forecasts, 2014 installations should increase strongly, returning to 2012 levels (about 45 GW) and maybe surpass them. “


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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