A study by the World Wind Energy Association has found that the global wind capacity is reaching 300 GW, with Australia having about 1% of this capacity. Until fair wind farm laws are reinstated in Victoria, how can we expect the Victorian wind sector to make major growth and be an influence in driving Australia’s capacity?
Global wind capacity reached 296,255MW by the end of June with 13,980MW of this added in the first six months of 2013, a study shows.
The 5% rise was revealed in the half-year report by the World Wind Energy Association, which also showed the wind turbines installed worldwide by mid-2013 are capable of meeting some 3.5 % of global electricity demand.
The increase in capacity, however, is significantly less than in the first half of 2012 and 2011 when 16.5GW and 18.4GW were added respectively for rises of 7% and 9%.
China, the US, Germany, Spain and India account for a combined 73% of the current global capacity.
The largest market in the first six months of 2013 was China, which saw 5.5GW of new capacity added to take it to 80GW. It was followed by the UK with 1.3GW added, India on 1.2GW and Germany with 1.1GW. In 2012 only three countries had a market volume that topped 1GW.
The report states that the US, meanwhile, has experienced “an unprecedented virtual halt of wind turbine sales” in the first six months of 2013 after setting a new record of 13GW in 2012. The WWEA repeated figures published by the American Wind Energy Association claiming the nation saw only 1.6MW of new capacity installed compared with 2883MW in the year-ago period.
WWEA President He Dexin said: “The year 2013 is a difficult year for the wind industry worldwide as the companies have to struggle with a decreasing market size.
“This situation has already led to decrease in wind turbine prices which will make wind power even more cost-competitive. Though we face some challenges we are still confident.”
The report, which is available here, states that the WWEA expects 318GW to be achieved globally for the full year.