Wind could power 20% of the world by 2030, if policy allows


The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has published its latest biennial Global Wind Energy Outlook report, in which it claims that wind energy could cover as much as a fifth of all electricity demand by 2030. However, achieving this in reality will require dramatic shifts in policy and more commitment from global governments.

The 2016 report says total global wind power installations stood at 433 GW by the end of last year, up 17% on 2014. This was made possible by around 110 billion euros (US$121 billion) of investment in new projects. China was the leading market for the seventh year in a row, but the global wind industry is now spread throughout more than 80 countries, 28 of which have more than 1 GW of installed capacity.

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