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World Wind Power To Have Stronger Year

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World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back after Slowing in 2013 (via sustainablog)

By J. Matthew Roney At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined generating capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union’s 506 million…

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  • Peebles Squire

    To keep growing wind energy in the United States, we must avoid erecting barriers against reliable, affordable sources of renewable power. Wind provided over 4 percent of the country’s electricity in 2013. With smart policies in place, that number can reach 20 percent by 2030.

    The Production Tax Credit for wind power is a valuable incentive that allows wind energy to compete with more traditional, well-established energy sources. We should urge Congress to expedite its renewal. Wind power, with the help of the PTC, has dropped in cost 43 percent in just four years. Clean, reliable, and affordable, wind power is a smart piece of our energy future.

    Wind energy can lead us to increased energy independence while reducing costs and pollution, especially carbon dioxide emissions. The more than 60 gigawatts of installed wind capacity at the end of 2013 already avoids nearly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Those offsets are permanent for the life of a project, the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road.

    And wind power provides thousands of Americans with well-paying jobs, 80,000 in 2012, to be exact. However, the on-again, off-again nature of the PTC must be resolved before businesses in American wind power are able to plan for the long term. Each time the PTC is allowed to expire, production contracts and jobs are threatened.

    Until a long-term solution can be found for our energy policy, we need to extend this valuable incentive so that wind power can continue to work for people across the entire country, driving our economy and preserving the environment.

    For more information on wind power, visit http://www.awea.org

    Peebles Squire
    AWEA

  • Matt

    Note all power numbers in () are in 1000MWs
    The US was a mess in 2012(13.1) and 2013(1.1). If I instead average those two years for US (7.1) and put them back into the world numbers. I get rapid growth in yearly installs until 2009, then 2009(38), 2010(39), 2011(40), 2012(39), 2013(41).
    Which is basically flat world install rate of 40 +/- 1 or +/- 2.5%
    Yes I know averaging the last two US years isn’t correct, but it does make it clear last 5 years has not see growth as in the past. Or do a paste my hope on global restructure and “now” growth is going to return.

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