North American Windpower
Led by China with 30,500 MW of new installations, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Total global wind capacity reached 432,419 MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%.
GWEC says that as a result of its extraordinary annual market, China has edged past the European Union (EU) in terms of total installed capacity, with 145.1 GW compared to the EU’s 141.6 GW. The Chinese government’s drive for clean energy, supported by continuous policy improvement, is motivated by the need to reduce dependence on coal, which is the main source of the choking smog strangling China’s major cities, as well as growing concern over climate change.