20 Nov '12, 11am

Wind Power Might Meet 1/5 Of Global Electricity Demand By 2030

Wind Power Might Meet 1/5 Of Global Electricity Demand By 2030

Wind power could supply one-fifth of total global energy demands by 2030, according to a new report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International. The report investigates a variety of different scenarios for the industry’s development and future levels of electricity demand. It says that the total installed capacity could more than quadruple, from the 240GW installed at the end of 2011, to 1,100GW by the year 2020. And could then supply between 11.7% and 12.6% percent of global electricity demand, potentially stopping over 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Some of the less ambitious scenarios predict that total capacity may only make it to 587GW–759GW by then, ‘only’ providing ~8.3% of global electricity supply. While wind energy has been proving itself as very cost competitive with fossil fuels, and is clearly going to play a major ro...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/11/20/wind-power-might-meet...

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