New Wind Installations Robust in 2011

Wind Power Monthly reports that new wind installations worldwide increased the installed capacity by 9% in the first 9 months of 2011, to 207,000 MW. Non emitting wind continues to increase its share of the electricity market.
As expected, Asia, mainly China and India lead the way, with growth of 16%. Canada grew by 15%, the US by 7%, and Europe and Latin America grew by 5%. This is growth in installed capacity. The growth over the same 9 months a year ago is over 20%.

In another report, the American Wind Energy Association reports 2151 MW of wind capacity was installed in the US in the first half of the year. This was up from 1250 MW in the first half of last year. The big news, though, is that there are 7354 MW under construction as of the end of June. The last half of the year always exceeds the first half. Since 2007, wind has 35% of new electrical generating capacity installed in the US, more than twice as much as coal and nuclear combined. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that as capital stock turns over, and old plants are inevitably replaced, wind will be truly an indispensable and major source of power within a decade or two, and indeed, already is in many areas.

The shift to renewable energy, and away from fossil and nuclear continues. It continues in Canada. It continues in the US. It continues in China. It continues in Europe. Defenders of the status quo electricity system, the anti winders are witnessing an historic shift around the world. And that historic shift is being witnessed by those concerned with a sustainable future as well.

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