Wind capacity 'set to reach 200GW'

27 Sep 2010
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Wind capacity 'set to reach 200GW'

By the end of the year as much as 200GW of wind energy will be produced globally, according to newly-released figures.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that 40GW of power is set to be added to the global capacity this year.

Speaking at a press conference during the Husum WindEnergy fair, GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer described the European energy industry as "stable".

"Wind energy continues to be a growth market, weathering the economic crisis," he said.

GWEC is predicting that by 2015, the current global capacity from wind energy is set to reach 400GW of power.

"Around half of the growth is now happening in emerging economies and developing countries," added Mr Sawyer.

The organisation will announce further long-term forecasts next month at the China Wind Power 2010 conference in Beijing.

Michael Lewis, European renewables managing director for E.ON, recently unveiled the company's latest renewable energy development, a 60-turbine wind farm in the Solway Firth. 

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