World added 50GW of wind power in 2014

The amount of wind capacity installed across the globe reached a record high last year, new research claims. Preliminary figures from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) reveal more than […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The amount of wind capacity installed across the globe reached a record high last year, new research claims.

Preliminary figures from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) reveal more than 50GW of wind power capacity was added in 2014, bringing the total close to 370GW.

China led the way, adding 23.4GW, which the WWEA claims is the largest number a country has ever added in a year.

It was followed by Germany, with 5.8GW of new turbines installed in 2014 and the US with 4.9GW. The global installed wind capacity grew by 16% last year compared to 2013.

Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General said the figures show wind power investment is rising but has concerns.

He added: “Several of the leading wind markets especially in Europe have seen stagnation and some of the booming markets have been caused by anticipated setbacks in policy frameworks. And when looking at the longer-term trends, the key factor for the future success of wind power will be the political and social support for wind power.”

China tops the list for the total amount of installations worldwide followed by the US and Germany. The UK lags behind in sixth place.