About 44.7 GW of new wind power came online in 2012 around the world, with China barely edging out the U.S. for the year’s most new capacity.
After rocketing ahead for 15 years, wind power is facing slower growth unless policy makers work hard to overcome impediments, according to the new Global Wind Energy Outlook 2012.
China added 18 gigawatts of wind power in 2011, 44 percent of new global capacity, but the worldwide rate of growth slowed for the second year in a row.
A recent Global Wind Energy Council report showcases updated wind power figures that further boost China’s position as the world’s wind energy leader.
According to a report, the global market for wind power is expected to add 40 megawatts of capacity in 2011 and projected to be at over 234 GW by year’s end.
The wind industry has a new private effort to create a “WindMade” standard for items produced from wind power and to get consumer brands to use the designation.
Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace say wind power could meet 22 percent of global energy demand — if there’s “political commitment to make this happen.”