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