World Rankings Of Wind Power Capacity

Annual Capacity Added (2011, MW)

Cumulative Capacity (end of 2011, MW)

China

17,631

China

62,412

U.S.

6,816

U.S.

46,916

India

3,3

Germany

29,248

Germany

2,007

Spain

21,35

U.K.

1,293

India

16,266

Canada

1,267

U.K.

7,155

Spain

1,05

France

6,836

Italy

950

Italy

6,733

France

875

Canada

5,278

Sweden

763

Portugal

4,214

Rest of World

5,766

Rest of World

34,453

TOTAL

41,718

TOTAL

240,861

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A number of countries are beginning to achieve relatively high levels of wind energy penetration in their electricity grids. Figure 3 presents data on end-of-2011 (and end-of-2006/07/08/09/10) installed wind power capacity, translated into projected annual electricity supply based on assumed country-specific capacity factors, and divided by projected 2012 (and actual or projected 2007/08/09/10/11) electricity consumption. Using this approximation for the contribution of wind power to electricity consumption, and focusing only on the 20 countries with the greatest cumulative installed wind power capacity, end-of-2011 installed wind power is estimated to supply the equivalent of roughly 29% of Denmark’s electricity demand, 19% of Portugal’s, 19% of Spain’s, 18% of Ireland’s, and 11% of Germany’s. In the United States, the cumulative wind power capacity installed at the end of 2011 is estimated, in an average year, to equate to roughly 3.3% of the nation’s electricity demand (up from 2.9% at the end of 2010, and just 0.9% at the end of 2006). 7 On a global basis, wind energy’s contribution at the end of 2011 is estimated to be 2.9%.

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Approximate Wind Energy Penetration in the Twenty Countries with the Greatest Installed Wind Power Capacity.

Last Updated On:17th October 2012

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