World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a non-profit organization, aims to have world energy come from renewable technologies with wind energy as a cornerstone. With almost 500 members, the organization says it advises national governments and international organizations on favorable policies for implementing wind energy and enhances international technology transfer. WWEA publishes wind energy information on a regular basis and provides up-to-date information on related technology. For instance, the annual World Wind Energy Report is available from: www.worldwind-energy.info. The biannual yearbook Wind Energy International comprises updated reports on about 100 countries and numerous special reports. A few findings from the recent report include:
• Worldwide capacity reached 159,213 MW, out of which 38,312 MW were added in 2009.
• Wind power showed a growth rate of 31.7%, the highest since 2001.
• Wind capacity trend is to double every three years.
• All wind turbines installed by end of 2009 worldwide are generating 340 TWh per annum, equivalent to the total electricity demand of Italy — the seventh largest economy of the world — and equaling 2% of global electricity consumption.
• The wind sector in 2009 had a turnover of $50 billion.
• The wind sector employed 550,000 persons worldwide. In 2012, the wind industry is to provide 1 million jobs for the first time.
• China continued its role as the locomotive of the international wind industry. It added 13,800 MW in one year (It’s the biggest market for new turbines) more than doubling the installations for the fourth year in a row.
• The USA maintained first place in terms of total installed capacity. China took second in total capacity, only slightly ahead of Germany, both of them with around 26,000 MW of wind capacity installed.
• Asia accounted for the largest share of new installations (40.4 %), followed by North America (28.4 %) and Europe fell back to the third place (27.3 %).
• Latin America showed encouraging growth and more than doubled its installations, mainly due to Brazil and Mexico.
• A total wind capacity of 200,000 MW will be exceeded by the end of 2010.
• Based on accelerated development and further improved policies, WWEA has increased its predictions and sees a global capacity of 1,900,000 MW possible by 2020.
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