Watch
WEO Week: Hopes for COP26 and beyond
cross

Wind

Onshore wind is a proven, mature technology with an extensive global supply chain and offshore wind is also expected to grow rapidly.

Wind Tall

Key findings

Onshore wind net capacity additions by country or region, 2015-2022

Openexpand

Wind capacity additions increase 8% in 2020 despite Covid-19 disruptions

Wind capacity additions will reach 65 GW (including 5.3 GW offshore) in 2020, 8% more than in 2019. Although Covid-19 measures led to onshore construction activity slowing down from February to April, project developers and equipment manufacturers adopted to the “new normal” and accelerated construction activity in May. For 2021, the forecast assumes a further acceleration of wind additions to 68 GW (7.3 GW offshore), driven by delayed onshore projects becoming operational. In 2022, slowdown is expected, due to phase-out of incentives in China and United States. With additional support, wind annual deployment could reach almost 100 GW until 2025.

Offshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030

Openexpand

Cost reductions, technology improvements and rapid deployment achieved in Europe need to be extended to other regions

Compared with record 32% growth in 2017, offshore wind electricity generation increased only 20% in 2018. Given its relatively small base, offshore wind growth must accelerate even further to reach the generation levels demonstrated in the SDS. The cost reductions, technology improvements and rapid deployment achieved in Europe need to be extended to other regions.

Onshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030

Openexpand

More efforts are needed in onshore wind power

In 2019, onshore wind electricity generation increased by an estimated 12%. Capacity additions began to grow again by 22% after stagnating during 2016-18. However, more efforts are needed: annual onshore wind capacity additions need to increase much more quickly through 2030 to get on track with the SDS.

Reports

Our work on Wind

The Wind TCP’s mission is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy research, development, and deployment (RD&D). The Wind TCP provides high quality information and analysis to member governments and commercial sector leaders by addressing technology development, deployment and its benefits, markets, and policy options.