GWEC says world's wind capacity grew by 51.6 GW in 2014, 45% in China

Annual installed capacity by region 2006-2014. Source: GWEC. All Rights Reserved.

Feb 10, 2015 (SeeNews) - The world installed 51,577 MW of wind power capacity in 2014, including 26,161 MW in Asia where China kept surpassing its own records, according to statistics by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

For the first time ever, annual wind installations topped 50 GW. In fact, the annual market expanded by 44% over 2013, showing that the industry is recovering from the slowdown over the past few years, GWEC commented.

There were 369,553 MW of operational wind farms around the globe at the end of the year, 114,763 MW of which in China. The Asian country installed the impressive 23,351 MW in 2014, by far more than any other country. Next came Germany with 5,279 MW of new wind and the US with 4,854 MW.

The global offshore wind capacity now stands at 8,771 MW, according to GWEC, thanks to the 1,725 MW of newly installed turbines at sea in 2014. The UK was, again, number-one here with 813.4 MW of offshore wind for 2014. Germany added another 529 MW.

The table below contains details of the 1-GW-plus wind markets for 2014.

Country 2014 additions cumulative at end-2014 cumulative offshore wind
China 23,351 MW 114,763 MW 670 MW
Germany 5,279 MW 39,165 MW 1,049 MW
USA 4,854 MW 65,879 MW in progress
Brazil 2,472 MW 5,939 MW -
India 2,315 MW 22,465 MW in progress
Canada 1,871 MW 9,694 MW in progress
UK 1,736 MW 12,440 MW 4,494 MW
Sweden 1,050 MW 5,425 MW 211.7 MW
France 1,042 MW 9,285 MW in progress

“Wind power is the most competitive way of adding new power generation capacity to the grid in a rapidly increasing number of markets around the world, even when competing against heavily subsidized incumbents,” said the council’s secretary general Steve Sawyer.

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