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China leads the way as wind energy sees another year of stable growth
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-11-29
The wind power energy industry installed 51.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity last year, a 3.6 percent fall when compared to 2017‘s growth, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said Tuesday. Despite this reduction, the international trade association said that the growth of the worldwide wind energy market had “been stable” since 2014, with more than 50 GW of new capacity installed each year. Total installed capacity stood at 591 GW at the end of 2018, which represents an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the end of 2017, the GWEC added. Installed capacity relates to how much energy can be produced at maximum output, not what is currently being generated. GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said that China had led “both onshore and offshore growth,” adding that “huge growth” was expected in Asia “through the coming decade and beyond.” Breaking the figures down, the onshore sector was responsible for 46.8 GW of new capacity in 2018, while the offshore wind market added 4.49 GW. In the onshore sector, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa were responsible for 10 percent of new installations last year. China led the way in offshore, installing 1.8 GW, while the U.K. and Germany installed 1.3 GW and 0.9 GW, respectively.

another industry body, WindEurope, said that 12 countries in the EU had failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year. onshore wind fell by more than half in Germany last year and “collapsed in the U.K.,” stating that, in the EU, 2018 was “the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011.” (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: WEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO

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GWEC Releases 2018 Global Wind Report (Ind. Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-04-12
The Brussels-headquartered Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its 14th annual report on the status of the global wind industry . The report provides a comprehensive overview of the global industry in more than 90 countries, 30 of which have more than 1,000 MW of installed wind i and 9 countries with more than 10,000.

GWEC is a member-based and member-funded organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

Download the report HERE. (Source: GWEC, Website, April, 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, Deny Tenenblat, Director of Business Development, +32 477 19 05 87, info@gwec.net, www.gwec.net.

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Total Offshore Wind Capacity Grew 20 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-27
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports the worldwide wind industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity in 2018 -- 3.6 pct less than the previous year.

The GWEC's country-by-country breakdown shows China installed the most offshore capacity in a year for the first time, adding 1.8 GW. The United Kingdom came in second with 1.3 GW, while Germany came in third with 969 MW.

Top onshore markets in 2018 were: China with 21,200 MW followed by the USA -- 7,588 MW, Germany -- 2,402 MW; India -- 2,191 MW; Brazil -- 1,939 MW; France -- 1,563 MW; Mexico -- 929 MW; Sweden -- 717 MW; the United Kingdom -- 589 MW; and Canada -- 566 MW.

Top offshore markets in 2018: China -- 1,800 MW; United Kingdom -- 1,312 MW; Germany -- 969 MW; Belgium -- 309 MW; and Denmark with 61 MW. The GWEC predicts offshore wind installations in the United States will reach 1 GW by around 2022. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

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Asia-Pacific Installed 24.9 GW new Onshore Wind in 2018 (Int'l)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-20
According to recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the total installed onshore wind power capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is now 256 GW. Leading countries in the region for onshore wind turbines installations in 2018 were China (21.2 GW) and India (2.2 GW). The surge for wind energy in Asia-Pacific is expected to continue with GWEC forecasting over 145 GW of new onshore wind farm capacity to be installed by 2023.

According to the GWEC, the top three onshore wind farm markets in Asia-Pacific in 2018 were: China -- 21.2 GW (preliminary); India -- 2.2 GW, and Australia -- 0.549 GW.

China installed the most onshore wind farm capacity during 2018 in Asia-Pacific and globally. GWEC expects China to remain the largest onshore wind turbines market in the future. However, other markets are developing and with auctions progressing in India, new onshore wind power capacity installations could exceed 5 GW annually in India. The GWEC's full Global Wind Report report is slated for release this coming April. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

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Wind Energy Capacity Installations Rising in the Americas (Int'l)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-06
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America together installed 11.9 GW capacity of wind power in 2018,up 12 pct on 2017. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 pct compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions jumped 18.7 pct compared to 2017. The GWEC also notes:
  • the wind energy industry supports over 160,000 jobs in North America -- CanWEA and AWEA stats;

  • Brazil installed 2 GW of added wind farm capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh;

  • Mexico installed almost 1 GW of new wind turbines capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5 GW. The country expects to reach its target of generating 35 pct of its power capacity through renewables before 2024;

  • the North American offshore wind power market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, www.gwec.net

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  • 2016 Second Best Year for Global Wind Installations (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2017-05-05
    Recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows that 2016's global wind turbine installations hit 54.6 GW, down on the 2015 record of 63.3 GW.

    China, the U.S., Germany, India, Brazil, France, Turkey, Netherlands, the UK and Canada accounted for 88 pct of the new 2016 installations. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Kallnish, May, 2017) lContact: Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, +32 2213 1897, www.gwec.net

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    China Easily Remains Global Wind Energy Leader (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2017-02-15
    According to recently released Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) statistics, China installed a total of 23 gigawatts of wind energy in 2016, bringing the global cumulative total up to nearly 487 GW. In terms of new installations, China was followed by the United States, Germany, and India. Also making strong performances in 2016 were France, Turkey, and the Netherlands.

    However, even though it was a strong year, 2016's installations nevertheless fell well behind on the record levels of 2015, which saw the global wind energy industry install 63 GW and China install 30.5 GW. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, +32 2213 1897, www.gwec.net

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