Global wind power capacity rose 12.4 percent in 2013

Global wind power capacity rose 12.4 percent in 2013 Research by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) indicated installed wind capacity rose to more than 318 gigawatts in 2013, up from nearly 283 GW year-over-year, Reuters reported.

While wind capacity increased 12.4 percent from the previous year, installations reached almost 35.5 GW, which is about 10 GW less than 2012.

GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer said Canada and China showed the most growth as China's installed wind capacity gained a little over 16 GW to total 91.4 GW in 2013.

"China is a growth market again which is good news for the industry," Sawyer said in a statement. "The government's commitment to wind power has been reinforced once again by raising the official target for 2020 to 200 GW, and the industry has responded."

Canada outpaced the United States in installations with 1.6 GW of new capacity as U.S. installations slowed down. However, the GWEC was optimistic about future growth in the U.S. wind industry.

"While the policy hiatus in the US hit our 2013 figures hard, the good news is that projects under construction in the U.S. totaled more than 12,000 MW at year end, a new record," Sawyer said.

More information on wind power in the U.S. can be found on PennEnergy's research area.

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