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20 Percent of Global Electricity Will Be Wind Power by 2030 PDF Print E-mail

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Written by Ben Hines

According to a recent study by Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council (who even knew there was such a thing?), wind energy could provide twelve percent of the world’s power demand by 2020 and as much as twenty-two percent by 2030. That’s good news if you love seeing clean and renewable energy move forward. It’s also good news if you think that CO2 is the enemy and you value the planet. In fact, we can’t think of anybody that this isn’t good news for, but we’re sure they’re out there.

The massive growth of the wind energy market, by the way, certainly explains why the Italian mafia has gotten so involved in it.

The report referenced, entitled “Global Wind Energy Outlook 2010 (GWEO 2010) points out the somewhat obvious fact that wind power has the benefit of meeting the world’s increasing power demand while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the pace outlined in the report, by 2030 a total of thirty-four billion tons of CO2 would be saved.

Another benefit of wind energy, according to the report, is green jobs. Today, in both direct and indirect employment, wind energy is responsible for six hundred thousand jobs and by 2030 it’s estimated that wind energy could support over three million jobs. Said Sven Teske, Senior Energy Expert for Greenpeace International, “In 2010, the 600,000 workers of the wind industry put up a new wind turbine every thirty minutes. One in three of those turbines was in China. By 2030, the market could be three times bigger than today…A new turbine every seven minutes, that’s our goal.”

Wind power also gives opportunities to developing nations to jump ahead on the curve. Said Klaus Rave, GWEC’s Chairman, “Interestingly, a great proportion of wind power growth is already happening outside of the industrialized world. By 2030, we expect that around half the world’s wind farms will be located in developing countries and emerging econcomies.”

Alright, so you’ve read it. A new wind turbine every seven minutes, half the wind farms in developing nations and over twenty percent of the world’s power supply. Mark your calendar for 2030 and let’s see how it stacks up.