Wind Energy from a Global Perspective
Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy forms, and one of the lowest-cost ways to generate electricity around the world. The Global Wind Energy Council is a great resource for understanding just how important wind energy is becoming for so many countries. For example, did you know that:
- More than 60 gigawatts of wind energy capacity was installed worldwide in 2019, bringing the total cumulative installations up to 651 gigawatts (GW).
- North, Central and South America have installed 13.4 GW of wind power capacity in 2019, an increase of 13 per cent over last year.
- Canada now ranks ninth in the world for total onshore installed capacity.
- The top nine wind markets are China (22.9 GW), U.S. (10.5 GW), Germany (5.4 GW), India (3.8 GW), Spain (3.7 GW), Brazil (1.5 GW), France (1.3 GW), UK (1.3 GW) and Canada (1.3 GW).
To see how Canada stacks up, visit CanWEA’s Wind Market pages.
Photo: 2018 Global Wind Day photo contest winner in the Local Impact category. An Indian farmer working in his field next to a Wind turbine in Dhar. Picture taken by Chetan Soni in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India.