Global Wind Power Chalks Up More Strong Numbers

Last month we released our annual Global Wind Statistics, now we are already fully into writing GWEC's flagship report the Global Wind Report which will be released at Windergy India on 25 April in Delhi.

Here are a couple of key observations on wind power development across the world:
  • The global wind industry added a solid 54.6GW in 2016, bringing the world's total to 486.7GW. The market was down 14% from 2015 mainly due to a smaller market in China. Chinese installations were an impressive 23,328 MW, but this was less than 2015's spectacular 30 GW, which was driven by impending feed-in tariff reductions. 
  • The top five markets in 2016 were China, US, Germany, India and Brazil.
  • US had a strong year with 8,203 MW installed, and has more than 18 GW under construction or in advanced stages of development, a harbinger for a strong market again in 2017. 
  • India broke a national record with 3,612 MW installed, taking 4th place in 2016's largest markets. 
  • Europe had a surprisingly strong year, given the policy uncertainty which plagues the region, posting modest gains with an annual market of 13,926 MW of which the EU-28 contributed 12,491 MW. Germany had another strong year, installing 5,443 MW to bring its total capacity to more than 50 GW, only the third country to reach that milestone. The Netherlands entered the global top 10 in terms of annual market for the first time (this century!), with 887 MW, most of which was offshore.
  • Wind development in Latin America was led once again by Brazil with 2,014 MW, passing the 10 GW milestone and ending the year with a total of 10,740 MW. 
  • Installations in Asia Pacific region were modest with only Australia adding capacity (140 MW) although there are signs of a strong revival in the Australian market.
  • Africa had a quiet year with only 418 MW installed in South Africa. Elsewhere, Morocco had a successful auction for 800+ MW of wind which will be built out over the coming years, and construction was nearly finished on the Lake Turkana project in Kenya. 
  • The Chinese offshore market passed Denmark with its installations of 592MW (total 1,627MW) to achieve 3rd place in the global offshore rankings, after the UK and Germany.
For a copy of the full report click here.

If you want to see our new interactive tool showing The Evolution Of Wind Power around the world map click here. Our big thanks to Breeze for providing us with this cool tool!

We look forward to a strong 2017 - you will hear more on this in our five-year forecast which will be released along with the Global Wind Market Report. 

Hope to see many of you at Windergy in Delhi next month!
Lauha Fried
Communications Director, GWEC    
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The keynote for the formal opening session was delivered by Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, who noted the excellent cooperation with the industry, and especially with AMDEE in terms of bringing the tendering system for the newly liberalised energy market so far in such a short time. While acknowledging that there is still a lot more to do to meet Mexico's ambitious targets, he noted that the next auction (the third) is now planned to be launched in April. Read more
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This year's report, sponsored by Ingeteam and Vaisala, will be launched at our Windergy India event on 25 April. Join us at Windergy India 2017 to receive your own hard copy of the report, or sign up here to be one of the first to hear about it once it's launched. 
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"We are not happy with the budget for 2017 as there is nothing concrete on the renewable energy sector, considering that it is one of the growing sectors in the country", said Sarvesh Kumar, chairman of the Indian Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA). 

The Indian government has completely overlooked the wind energy division. The wind power sector is in a developing phase and needs attention from the government as we are facing various issues.
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For more information on the Uruguayan wind market join us at the Latam Wind Power Conference taking place on 12-13 June in Montevideo! 
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Brazil Windpower is the biggest event in Latin America dedicated to business development and wind power generation projects in Brazil and Latin America. BWP2017 is the ideal meeting place for entrepreneurs, consultants, executives, manufacturers, service providers and professionals in general involved in wind power in the region.

Registration for paper submissions for Brazil Windpower will be open in early April. But why not stay ahead of the game and start to prepare your submission now?Read more
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Resource Assessment 2017, 16-17 March 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland. This is your last chance to register for WindEurope's must-attend technology workshop on wind resource assessment. Register now.

Offshore Wind Energy 2017, 06-08 June 2017, London, United Kingdom. This June, WindEurope and RenewableUK will join forces to host the world's largest offshore wind conference and exhibition. Book your stand.

WindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2017, 28-30 November 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Call for abstracts closes: Sunday 18 June 2017.

RE-Source 2017, 11 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium. Find out more.
MONGOLIAThe 8th National Renewable Energy Forum - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - 5 May 2017     
Join us in Ulaanbaatar on 5 May at the 8th National Renewable Energy Forum, for a full day of dialogue and presentations to gain a better understanding of the real opportunities currently available in Mongolia. GWEC is a co-partner of this event, led by the Mongolian Wind Energy Association and supported by the Ministry of Energy, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mongolia, the Global Green Growth Institute, and under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Mongolia.

Sponsorships are available for this event. Please enquire at GWEC members benefit from a 20% discount on sponsorship and entrance fees. Read more

Events calendar 
25-27 April 2017: Windergy India 2017, New Delhi, India
22-25 May 2017: AWEA's WINDPOWER 2017, Anaheim, USA
6-8 June 2017: WindEurope's Offshore Wind Energy 2017, London, United Kingdom
12-13 June 2017: Latam Wind Power Conference, Montevideo, Uruguay
29-31 August 2017: Brazil Windpower 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3-5 October 2017: CanWEA Annual conference & exhibition, Montreal, Canada
17-19 October 2017: China Wind Power 2017, Beijing, China
14-16 November 2017:  WindAc Africa and Windaba 2017, Cape Town, South Africa 
28-30 November 2017: WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

For a full list of events organised by GWEC's member associations, please see the events section of the GWEC website. 
GWEC Webcasts
Global Wind Market Report webcast - 2 May 15h CEST
Doing Business In... Brazil - 13 June, 15h CEST

For a full list of webcats, please see the webcasts section of the GWEC website. 
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