Wind power to sup­ply up to 20% of global elec­tric­ity by 2030

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

The Global Wind En­ergy Coun­cil (GWEC) re­leased its bi­en­nial Global Wind En­ergy Out­look out­lin­ing sce­nar­ios where wind could sup­ply 20% of global elec­tric­ity by 2030. The re­port looks at four sce­nar­ios ex­plor­ing the fu­ture of the wind in­dus­try out to 2020, 2030 and 2050.

Steve Sawyer, GWEC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, said, “Now that the Paris Agree­ment is com­ing into force, coun­tries need to get se­ri­ous about what they com­mit­ted to last De­cem­ber. Meet­ing the Paris tar­gets means a com­pletely de­car­bonised elec­tric­ity sup­ply well be­fore 2050, and wind power will play the ma­jor role in get­ting us there.”

By 2030 wind power could reach 2,110 GW and sup­ply up to 20% of global elec­tric­ity, cre­at­ing 2.4 mil­lion new jobs and re­duc­ing CO2 emis­sions by more than 3.3 billion tonnes per year, and at­tract an­nual in­vest­ment of about €200 billion. Global wind en­ergy in­stal­la­tions to­talled 433 GW as of the end of 2016, and the in­dus­try is set to grow by another ~60 GW in 2016.

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