Installed wind power capacity - worldwide 2001-2018

The cumulative capacity of installed wind power worldwide reached some 596.6 gigawatts in 2018. The installed wind turbines installed by this time could cover over five percent of the world’s electricity demand. Emerging markets such as those in Latin America and Southeast Asia are expected to drive the upcoming wind development market. Additional government support and policies will allow for faster market growth in these regions. Global renewable energy generation as a share of total generation continues to grow as renewable technologies become more cost-effective.

Which country has the largest wind market?

The largest wind power market in the world is China, with a capacity of over 188.2 gigawatts of wind power installed. China’s wind potential is remarkable due to a large land mass as well as a long coastline. At first, China set ambitious goals for adding offshore wind capacity, however, offshore development has progressed slower than expected as many domestic turbine manufacturers lack experience. To reach their offshore goals, China had to use foreign products.

Global cumulative installed wind power capacity from 2001 to 2018

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2001 to 2018

Supplementary notes


Figures are compiled from previous editions of the press release.
Includes capacity both connected and not connected to the grid.

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