GWEC: China is the Second Largest Producer of Wind Energy
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that in 2009 China slipped past Germany in its wind production and presently ranks second in the world to the United States.
For the past decade, wind production has increased at a rate of 29% globally. China installed 13.8 GW of wind farms last year for a cumulative effort of 25.9 GW, a 114% increase.
Both the United States and China have exceeded wind growth expectations over recent years. While insiders expected the US to scale back its 2009 production of wind energy due to a struggling global economy, both countries have shown a commitment toward investing in wind.
“Even in the face of a global recession and financial crisis, wind energy continues to be the technology of choice in many countries around the world” said Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General. “Wind power is clean, reliable and quick to install, so it is the most attractive solution for improving supply security, reducing CO2 emissions, and creating thousands of jobs in the process” Sawyer added. “All of these qualities are of key importance, even more so in times of economic uncertainty.”
Notwithstanding the 29% growth trend, the GWEC predicts wind energy capacity will increase at a rate of 21% over the next 5 years. At that rate, the global installed wind capacity will reach 409 GW by 2014, up from 158.5 GW at the end of 2009.
While the United States’ 35.1 GW wind capacity provides a significant edge over any other countries, it seems possible that China will be a lot closer, if not ahead of the US by 2014. China has gone on record as stating that they intend to produce 150 GW per annum by the end of 2020, a quantity that exceeds the collective amount of wind energy generated globally at the close of 2008.
China’s rapid development could justify the GWEC’s prediction that wind energy may save 10 bn tons of CO2 globally by the end of the decade.