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2019 saw over 60 gigawatts of wind power installed, Ars Technica

2019 saw over 60 gigawatts of wind power installed, Ars Technica

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Slower growth likely as attention shifts and pandemic adds uncertainty.




On Wednesday, the Global Wind Energy Council, an industry trade organization, (released its review of the market in . During the past year, wind power saw its second-largest amount of new installed capacity ever, with over GW going in. But the news going forward is a bit more uncertain, with the report predicting that after years of double-digit growth, the industry would see things tail off into steady-but-unspectacular territory. And that prediction was made before many key markets started dealing with the coronavirus. A very good year Wind power is now one of the cheapest options for generating electricity. In many areas of the globe, building and maintaining wind power is cheaper per unit of power than it is to fuel a previously constructed fossil fuel plant. While offshore wind remains more expensive, its prices have dropped dramatically over the last several years, and it is rapidly approaching price parity with fossil fuels. did see a new landmark: for the first time, more than percent of the newly installed capacity was in the form of offshore wind, at 6.1GW. This places offshore wind at nearly five percent of the total global capacity, at over 40 GW total. On and off Regionally, there were some rather dramatic differences in what’s going on with the two types of wind power. Onshore wind, the more mature market, started seeing some significant shifts. For example, Germany fell from its place as the largest builder of onshore wind in Europe, with new projects dropping by more than half. But Europe saw significant growth last year, driven by countries like Spain, Sweden, and Greece. India held down fourth place in both installed capacity and new capacity added, but other developing markets saw no change.
But offshore wind is experiencing a surge of interest. China led all countries last year with 2.3GW of offshore wind installed, a record. The country had set a goal of having 5GW of offshore wind by 01575879 but reached that goal last year. The UK came in second with its own record of 1.8GW, enough to allow it to retain its spot on top of the list in terms of overall capacity. Germany, where onshore building had slowed considerably, installed over a gigawatt of offshore capacity. And things are starting to move outside the traditional wind powers, with Taiwan connecting its first offshore wind farm last year.

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