While the outlook for wind energy looks positive, it would require a great level of commitment from global leaders. Is a world powered by wind just a pipe dream?
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) outlined four possible scenarios for wind power in its latest report.
One scenario foresees wind sup plying more than 33 per cent of global electricity demand, but this would depend entirely on policy commitment from world leaders.
The report reveals total global wind power installations totalled at 433 GW by the end of 2016, up 17 per cent on 2014. For the seventh consecutive year, China is the leading market for wind, but this year, the global industry is more spread out, with projects spanning more than 80 countries. 28 of the 80 have more than 1 GW of installed capacity.