- Published: 21 October 2014 21 October 2014
The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International have released the 2014 edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook. The report shows that wind power could reach 2,000GW by 2030, and supply up to 17-19% of global electricity, creating over 2 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3 billion tonnes per year.
By 2050, wind power could provide 25-30% of global electricity supply. The new report presents three visions of the future of the global wind energy industry out to 2020, 2030 and up to 2050. The scenarios compare the International Energy Agency's central scenario from its World Energy Outlook with a 'Moderate' and 'Advanced' scenario developed especially for this report, detailing how the global wind industry might deliver in terms of global electricity supply, CO2 emission savings, employment, cost reductions, and investment. Wind energy installations totalled 318 GW globally by the end of 2013, and the industry is set to grow by another 45 GW in 2014.