Global Wind Energy Outlook
One third of the world’s electricity can be supplied by wind; 113 billion tonnes of CO2 saved by 2050.
The global market for wind power has been expanding faster than any other source of renewable
energy. From just 4,800 MW in 1995 the world total has multiplied more than twelve-fold to reach
over 59,000 MW
at the end of 2005.
The international market is expected to have an annual turnover in 2006 of more than € 13 billion,
with an estimated 150,000 people employed around the world. The success of the industry has
attracted investors from the mainstream finance and traditional energy sectors. In a number of
countries the proportion of electricity generated by wind power is now challenging conventional fuels.
The Global Wind Energy Outlook 2006 reports that over a third of the world’s electricity – crucially
including that required by industry – can realistically be supplied by wind energy by the middle of
the century. The report provides an industry blueprint that explains how wind power could supply
34% of the world’s electricity by 2050. Most importantly, it concludes that if wind turbine capacity
implemented on this scale it would save 113 billion tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere
by 2050. This places wind power as one of the world’s most important energy sources for the
The ‘Global Wind Energy Outlook 2006’ runs three different scenarios for wind power – a Reference
scenario based on figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA); a Moderate version which
assumes that current targets for renewable energy are successful; and an advanced version assuming
that all policy options in favour of renewables have been adopted. These are then set against two scenarios
for global energy demand. Under the Reference scenario, growth in demand is again based on IEA projections;
under the High Energy Efficiency version, a range of energy efficiency measures result in a substantial reduction
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Authors: Greenpeace and Global Wind Energy Council
Date published: 20 September 2006
The UK's first wind farm in the Irish Sea which will supply 50,000
homes with power.
13th November 2003 North Hoyle United Kingdom