Which countries are winning with wind power?

Wind power installations grew strongly in 2020, what are different countries doing to increase their wind output?

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As governments and organisations seek to update and expand their green initiatives, wind power is becoming increasingly pivotal to sustainability efforts. With advances to the technology continuing to appear, wind power is now cheaper and more effective than ever before. In fact, the GWEC Global Wind Report 2021 highlights how 2020 was the best year in the burgeoning technology’s history, with global growth of roughly 53% and more than 93GW of wind power installed. Over the last 18 months, countries around the globe have significantly stepped up their wind power plans, and some surprising regions have caught the eye with their unique approaches and rapid progress.

The state of wind

2020 was largely a success for the wind industry, however, like many industries its progress was hampered by the onset of Covid-19. Disruptions in the manufacturing industry were prevalent and had a tangible impact on the wind supply chain, severely limiting the production capabilities of most countries and negatively affecting their export flows.

Despite this disruption, across the globe, countries and regions generally increased their use of wind power. With a gain of 8.5% compared to 2019, Asia Pacific maintained its position as the top generator of new wind power installations and accounted for 60% of all new developments in 2020. The US became the second largest regional installer at 18.4%, pipping Europe which was responsible for 15.9% of new wind power. Latin America contributed 5% of the world’s new wind energy installations last year, and Africa and the Middle East rounded out the top five regions and was responsible for roughly 1% of new wind facilities.

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