2012 Annual Report
Executive Summary and Key Conclusions:
The worldwide wind capacity reached 282275 Megawatt, out of which 44609 Megawatt were added in 2012, more than ever before.
Wind power showed a growth rate of 19,2 %, the lowest rate in more than a decade.
All wind turbines installed by the end of 2012 worldwide can provide 580 Terawatthours per annum, more than 3 % of the global electricity demand.
The wind sector in 2012 had a turnover of 60 billion Euro/75 billion USD.
Altogether, 100 countries and regions used wind power for electricity generation; Iceland has become the 100th country that is using wind power.
China and USA both installed around 13 Gigawatt of new wind turbines; USA added most of it in second half of the year in a rush to avoid the anticipated PTC expiration. [www.wwindea.org]