The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its biennial Global Wind Energy Outlook in Beijing, outlining scenarios where wind could supply 20% of global electricity by 2030. The report looks at four scenarios exploring the future of the wind industry out to 2020, 2030 and 2050.
'Now that the Paris Agreement is coming into force, countries need to get serious about what they committed to last December. Meeting the Paris targets means a completely decarbonized electricity supply well before 2050, and wind power will play the major role in getting us there,' said Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General.
According to the new report by 2030 wind power could reach 2,110 GW, and supply up to 20% of global electricity, creating 2.4 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tons per year, and attract annual investment of about 200 billion.
Global wind energy installations totaled 433 GW as of the end of 2015, and the industry is set to grow by another ~60 GW in 2016.
The report may be downloaded from the GWEC website.