Wind energy, one of the cleanest and most sustainable renewable energy sources, has achieved a new global record by surpassing one terawatt (TW) of installed capacity, according to the latest report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
This means that there are more than one million megawatts (MW) of wind turbines operating worldwide, capable of generating enough electricity to power over 500 million households.
The growth of wind energy has accelerated in recent years, driven by falling costs, technology improvements, increased demand, and a commitment to energy transition and combating climate change.
According to the GWEC, wind energy has avoided the emission of more than 1.1 billion tons of CO2 in 2022, which is equivalent to removing 200 million cars from the roads.
Most of the installed wind capacity is located in China, with over 400 GW, followed by the United States, with over 120 GW, and Europe, with over 220 GW.
The GWEC predicts that wind energy will continue to grow in the coming years, reaching 2 TW in 2026 and 3 TW in 2030, which would cover 20% of global electricity consumption.
Wind energy presents an opportunity to boost economic development, job creation, energy diversification, and the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels.
To harness the full potential of this renewable source, the GWEC advocates for removing regulatory barriers, facilitating access to financing, promoting innovation and cooperation among sector stakeholders, and raising social awareness of its benefits.
Wind energy is a future energy that is already a reality in the present.