Global wind power installation continues to rise

By Energía16

Wind energy usage continues to rise around the world, with Denmark at the lead with a 40 percent wind power production, according to a Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) report reviewed by Reve.

Portugal and Ireland each have over 20 percent, followed closely by Spain and Cyprus, and then by Germany, China, and Canada, each reaching 15 percent wind energy production. All of these nations are at the top of the list in global wind energy generation, the report reads.

GWEC’s rolling five-year forecast sees almost 60,000 MW of new wind installations in 2017, rising to an annual market of about 75,000 MW by 2021.

According to the report, over 54,000 MW of renewable wind power were installed across of 90 countries in 2016.

"Wind power is now successfully competing with heavily subsidized incumbents across the globe, building new industries, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and leading the way towards a clean energy future," GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer said in a statement.

Renewable energy capacity rose by 9 percent in 2016, hitting a new international record, according to a recent report on global investment trends published by the UN, in collaboration with the Frankfurt School and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric and marine energy all increased supply and total investment amounted to $241.6 billion.

UN Executive Director of Environment Erik Solheim believes that “ever cheaper clean tech provides investors with a real opportunity to obtain more with less”.

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