AWEA Predicts 48,000 MW by 2007
More than 48,000 MW of new wind generating capacity will be installed globally over the next decade, according to the latest projections from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Five countries are expected to set the pace for new installations through 2007. They are: the United States, 5,285 MW; Spain, 5,200 MW; Germany, 5,000 MW; China, 4,725 MW; and India, 4,000 MW. The AWEA noted that the U.S. projections might be strongly affected by electric utility restructuring legislation. “Wind has become the fastest-growing energy source in the world, but U.S. wind capacity has actually shrunk because of utility uncertainty about the prospected restructuring,” said Kevin Rackstraw, AWEA director of international programs. “For the U.S. to resume its leadership in making use of this renewable energy source will require a restructured electricity marketplace that is stable and supportive of clean, low- or no-carbon energy technologies.”