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Wind Industry enjoyed its second-best year finds new GWEC report

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The wind industry enjoyed its second-best year ever in 2021, with almost 94 GW of capacity added globally despite a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) Global Wind Report 2022.
Wind Industry enjoyed its second-best year finds new GWEC report
Wind farm in Costa Rica. Courtesy of NREL.

This is just 1.8 percent less than the year-over-year wind energy growth rate in 2020. This is a clear sign of the incredible resilience and upward trajectory of the global wind industry.

However, as the report makes clear, this growth needs to quadruple by the end of the decade if the world is to stay on course for a 1.5C pathway and net zero by 2050.

Global capacity increased by 93.6 GW to bring total cumulative wind power capacity to 837 GW, which is year-over-year growth of 12 percent. While the world’s two biggest markets, China and the US, installed less new onshore wind capacity last year – 30.7 GW and 12.7 GW respectively – other regions enjoyed record years. Europe, Latin America and Africa & the Middle East, increased new onshore installations by 19 percent, 27 percent and 120 percent, respectively.

The offshore wind market enjoyed its best-ever year in 2021, with 21.1 GW commissioned. That represents three times more than the previous year. China’s mammoth year of offshore installations accounted for 80 percent of that growth, helping it pass the UK as the world’s largest offshore wind market in cumulative installations.  Record years for several regions and offshore wind reflect strong market growth, but installations must still quadruple by the end of the decade to meet a net zero pathway.

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Global Wind Energy Council

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