3 September , 2019

Just Released: Updated Market Outlook 2019 


330GW of wind energy to be installed globally over the next five years

  • GWEC Market Intelligence releases the updated market outlook concluding that an additional 330GW of wind energy capacity will be installed from 2019 to 2023, an increase of 9GW from its market outlook published in Q1 2019.
  • Main markets driving this volume increase are the US and Chinese onshore markets, which will both experience an installation boom over the next two years with 6.5GW and 10GW added capacity respectively from the Q1 2019 market outlook.
  • The growing role of offshore wind in the global energy transition is a major reason for boosting overall growth, and will make up approximately 18% of total wind energy capacity by 2023, up from 9% in 2018.
  • The continued growth of wind energy globally will be driven by the increasing cost competiveness of wind energy as well as market-based mechanisms such as auctions, tenders, and bilateral Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Brussels, 3 September 2019 – According to the updated market outlook released today by GWEC Market Intelligence, an additional 330GW of new wind energy capacity will be added to the global energy market from 2019 to 2023, bringing total capacity to over 900GW.  The outlook has been increased by additional 9GW from the outlook published in Q1 2019 in GWEC’s annual Global Wind Report.

From 2019 to 2023, the global wind energy market will grow at an annual rate of 4%, reaching a total capacity of over 900GW by 2023. This growth rate means that an average of approximately an additional 14GW will be added each year globally over the next five years compared to 2018 growth levels.

Through analysis of the developments of wind markets across the world, two main trends have been identified that will drive growth beyond 2023; the increasing share of so-called subsidy-free projects, and an increasing number of bilateral PPAs. Together, these two mechanisms will contribute to the cost competitiveness of wind energy and provide assurance for large-scale project development and the continued growth of wind energy globally. 

Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence at GWEC said: “Although there was a decrease in the outlook for India and Germany due to their challenging market conditions including the execution of their auctioned capacity, the growth in other markets more than make up for this deficit. With China going subsidy free by 2021 for onshore wind and the Production Tax Credit phasing out in the US, there will be an installation rush over the next two years in these two leading onshore markets. The forecasts for emerging markets in Latin America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East have all been increased as well due to positive market developments. Additionally, we must acknowledge the importance of offshore wind for driving growth, as it is set to take off globally over the next few years with a compound annual growth rate of 8% between 2019 and 2023, double that of onshore wind”.

Ben Backwell, CEO at GWEC said: “Wind energy is now one of the most cost-competitive energy sources available, so it is no surprise we will continue to see volume growth as global energy demand continues to increase. On average, 60 GW of onshore wind and 8-10GW of offshore wind will be added worldwide until 2023. Even when we do not consider the two key growth markets of US and China, we will still see installation growth levels similar to those of the 2009-2010 wind energy boom in the other markets and regions. Although this outlook is very positive, it is not enough to meet the renewable energy targets needed to keep global warming under 1.5 C°. GWEC will continue to work with emerging markets to establish the necessary frameworks, such as auctions and tenders, to propel wind energy growth even further”.

The full updated market outlook is available exclusively for GWEC Members as part of the GWEC Market Intelligence Platform. GWEC Market Intelligence will update their Market Outlook during Q1 2020, together with the release of the market data for 2019.


Total New Installations by Year for Onshore and Offshore Wind

2018: 50.12 GW

2019: 71.97 GW

2020: 76.43 GW

2021: 61.32 GW

2022: 62.02 GW

2023: 61.83 GW

Changes by region from Q1 2019 (onshore only)

North America: +6.5 GW

Latin America: +2.0 GW

Europe: -5.9GW

Africa and the Middle East: +0.8 GW

Asia Pacific: +5.7 GW

More About the Report

This report is the Q3 2019 update of GWEC’s Market Outlook for new installed capacity for the global wind energy industry. GWEC Market Intelligence bases the outlook on available project information, government targets as well as the input from industry experts. GWEC Market Intelligence uses the feedback and inputs from its members to create this industry perspective for the next five years on the global onshore and offshore wind market. 

GWEC’s Market Outlook reports total new installations of new capacity for the onshore and offshore wind market based on countries and regions. Regions covered are North 

America (Canada, USA), Latin America (including South and Central and Mexico), Africa and Middle East, Europe (including geographic Europe including Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine) and Asia and the Pacific region (including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands).

More about GWEC Market Intelligence

GWEC Market Intelligence provides a series of insights and data-based analysis on the development of the global wind energy market. The services include a market outlook, country profiles and policy updates, deep-dives on the offshore wind market and other insights.

GWEC Market Intelligence services are built on top of the existing GWEC reports and statistics as well as selected reports and databases from FTI Consulting’s Clean Energy Intelligence unit, which have now been transferred to GWEC under a signed agreement to form the foundation for the new service.

All Market Intelligence products are available exclusively for GWEC Members and Market Intelligence subscribers on the GWEC Market Intelligence Platform.

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