Global wind power capacity to surpass 800 GW by 2021

Climate Action Programme

A new report issued by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) details more than 54 gigawatts (GW) of wind power were installed in 2016, with total capacity expected to reach over 800 GW by 2021.

Released on Tuesday 25 April, the GWEC's “Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update” reports that cumulative capacity grew by more than 12 per cent last year, to reach 486.8 GW.

The 54 GW installed in 2016 was spread across 90 countries, of which nine have now surpassed the 10 GW milestone and 29 the 1 GW mark.

Growth in the wind sector was largely driven by Asian economies, most notably China, India – according to the report, with China adding 23 GW in 2016.

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