Global newly installed wind power capacity by select country 2018

This statistic represents the leading wind power countries in 2018, by new capacity installations. The United States added approximately 7.59 gigawatts of wind power capacity in this year.

Wind power capacity by country

Some forty years ago, the major industrialized countries were rendered helpless in the face of a severe energy crisis, when Arab petroleum producers proclaimed an oil embargo and the Iranian energy industry was plunged into the chaos of revolution. Once more, politicians and the public in industrial countries were reminded of the finite and limited nature of fossil fuels. The lack of alternatives to oil, gas and coal energy lead to the development of renewable, sustainable energy technologies, including solar thermal and PV systems, hydroelectricity and wind power.

In terms of cumulative wind power capacity installations, the market used to be dominated by European economies. However, beginning in the mid-2000s, China emerged as the driving force behind global wind power capacity growth. In 2018, Asia’s economic power horse added a whopping 23 gigawatts of new wind power capacity, to reach cumulative capacity of almost 217 gigawatts. With a market share of just under 36 percent in 2018, China lead the ranking of the largest wind power countries worldwide, ahead of the United States, Germany and Spain. Chinese wind turbine manufacturers have also started to steal market share from the leading players - including General Electric Energy, Siemens and Vestas - in the 58.5 billion U.S. dollar global wind power equipment market. That said, Europe still accounts for about 80 percent of global cumulative offshore wind power capacity.

Leading countries in new installed wind power capacity in 2018

New installed capacity in megawatts
China23,000
United States 7,588
Germany 3,371
India 2,191
Brazil1,939
United Kingdom 1,901
France 1,563
Mexico 929
Sweden 717
Canada 566
Australia 549
Turkey 497
Egypt 380
Belgium 309
Rest of world5,816
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Source

Release date

April 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Figures are based on the addition of onshore and offshore installation capacities.

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