11 Mar '12, 8am

@robertrubinstein Wind Grew to 238 GW worldwide in 2011, now supplies ca 7% of #EU #Electricity #mvo

In 2011, just over 41 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity was installed, bringing the world total to 238 GW, reports the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). This represents an increase of 21%, with an increase in the size of the annual global market of just over 6%. 75 countries have commercial wind installations, and 22 of them have surpassed the 1 GW level. The top markets in 2011: China, followed by the US, India, Germany, UK, Canada and Spain. "2011 was a tough year, as will be 2012, but the long term fundamentals of the industry remain very sound. For the second year running, the majority of new installations were outside the OECD, and new markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia are driving market growth," says Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General. 2011 was the first year that investments in renewable energy plants ($187 billion) exceeded that of fossil fuels ($157 billi...

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