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Global wind energy could reach 2,000GW by 2030, report says

EBR Staff Writer Published 22 October 2014

The global wind power could reach 2,000GW by 2030, according to a 2014 edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International.

According to the report, the wind power is expected to 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 tons per year.

The wind power could provide 25-30% of global electricity supply by 2050, according to the report which highlights three future visions of the global wind energy industry out to 2020, 2030 and up to 2050.

GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer said: "Wind power has become the least cost option when adding new capacity to the grid in an increasing number of markets, and prices continue to fall.

"Given the urgency to cut down CO2 emissions and continued reliance on imported fossil fuels, wind power's pivotal role in the world's future energy supply is assured."

Greenpeace senior energy expert Sven Teske said: "By 2020, wind power could prevent more than 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted each year by dirty energy - equivalent to the emissions of Germany and Italy combined.

By the end of 2013, the wind energy installations totaled 318GW globally and the industry aims to grow by another 45GW in 2014.