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Fact –Wind energy around the world is growing at an increasing pace.

Global Wind Day Org confirms: "At the end of 2012 there were 225000 turbines spinning globally. As technology progresses, turbines are becoming bigger and more efficient. The same amount of energy can be generated with fewer machines.

The use of wind power continues to grow around the world. Although the rate of growth slowed in 2013, the rate is still growing, with an anticipated spike in 2014, then at a more sustainable level to 2020.  Market forecasts are for a rise in the number of installed GW from 35.3 in 2013 to 64.0 GW total in 2018.

“Canada, Brazil and Mexico are expected to have strong years in 2014, and more than five hundred megawatts from sub- Saharan Africa will come on line for the first time: in South Africa, Ethiopia and possibly Kenya. Global installations will be further propped up by new projects coming on line in Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand.
For the sixth year in a row, Asia was the world’s largest regional market for wind energy, with capacity additions totaling just over 18.2 GW.

The top four wind energy nations are: China, United States, Germany, Spain.

By the end of 2012, wind energy (5 percent) had the third largest installed capacity after coal (66 percent) and hydropower (22 percent), surpassing natural gas (3 percent) and nuclear (1 percent). By the end of 2013, wind’s contribution had risen to 6 percent. The Chinese wind market more than doubled its capacity from 44.7 GW in 2010 to reach 91.4 GW by the end of 2013.  India today is the second largest wind market in Asia.

In 2012, installed wind power capacity in the European Union totalled 105,000 megawatts (MW) - enough to supply 11.4% of the EU's electricity.  11,895 MW of wind power was installed in 2012 alone, representing 26.5% of new power capacity. The EU wind industry has had an average annual growth of 15.6% over the last 17 years (1995-2011)