The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International are pleased to present this fourth edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook for 2012, the latest product of a collaboration that goes back to 1999. A lot has happened in the intervening years.
Wind power has now established itself as a mainstream electricity generation source, and plays a central role in an increasing number of countries’ immediate and longer term energy plans. After 15 years of average cumulative growth rates of about 28%, the commercial wind power installations in about 80 countries at the end of last year totalled about 240 GW, having increased by more than 40 times over that same period. Twenty two countries have more than 1,000 mW installed.