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Renewable energy represented more than half of all new power capacity in '15

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 27, 2016
Wind turbine power is projected to supply up to 20 percent of global electricity by 2030.

The U.S. is the single largest market in terms of total installed wind capacity after China. The U.S. market added 4,000 new turbines for a total of just under 8.6GW in 2015, and its total installed capacity reached 74.4GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council's (GWEC) semi-annual Global Wind Energy Outlook.

Renewable energy wind power 
Credit: Global Wind Energy Council. (Click for larger image). 

Worldwide, the total installed wind turbine energy capacity is expected to reach just over 879GW by 2020 and 2.1TW by 2030, according to the GWEC's report. By 2050, global wind installations could reach 5.8TW.

Wind energy accounted for almost 31% of all new generating capacity installed in the U.S. over last 5 years, and provided more than 31% of the electricity in Iowa; 25% in South Dakota; and 12% or more in a total of nine states.

Renewable energy employs more people per unit of electricity than oil or gas. More than 1 million people worldwide are employed by the wind industry alone, a 5% increase over last year. Wind employment in the U.S. rose by 21% in 2015 -- 12 times faster than overall job creation in the US economy, according to the GWEC's report.

"If we double the global share of renewables by 2030, renewable energy employment would exceed 24 million people worldwide," the report stated.

 

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