27 Mar '16, 4pm

Last year, global total wind power capacity hit 400GW as China continued to push ahead

Last year, global total wind power capacity hit 400GW as China continued to push ahead

Total capacity is now 403GW and that milestone means that wind is now comfortably ahead of nuclear capacity, which stands at about 380GW. Electricity generation from nuclear is, of course, substantially higher than that from wind. The market leader China has added nearly 16GW since the start of the year, of which around 7GW was during the last quarter. It has increased its capacity by 14%, taking it to 130.5GW. In terms of capacity increases, Germany came next with 3.8GW added since the start of the year, of which more than 2.3GW was offshore. Elsewhere in Europe, while still the second highest country for capacity, Spain's market remains almost ground to a halt. Since the start of the year, the UK increased capacity by 6.5%, or 800MW, onshore and offshore in almost equal measures. But with a change of government - and one much less favourably disposed towards renewable en...

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