Emerging Markets for Wind Power to 2020
Authors: Giles Cross, WPM correspondents
Published: December, 2014
Pages: 41 | Tables: | Figures: 25

A clear trend has been developing for wind power: while growth in the more developed markets is slowing down, the technology continues to spread to a growing number of countries across the world. With forecasts for global installed capacity by 2030 ranging between 1,500GW and 2,000GW, it is essential that emerging markets become an important part of the world’s wind power capacity.

Political uncertainty and insufficiently clear policies have the potential to jeopardise the progress of wind power in several of these emerging markets but a desire to boost economic growth and a definite drive towards  renewables are set to deliver significant growth.

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  • The future of emerging markets for windpower to 2020
  • Growth trends
  • Market drivers
  • Technological developments

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  • Detailed analysis of the wind power sector
  • Market forecasts to 2020
  • Analysis of global and regional regulatory frameworks
  • Multiple tables of data and statistics

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A clear trend has been developing for wind power: while growth in the more developed markets is slowing down, the technology continues to spread to a growing number of countries across the world. With forecasts for global installed capacity by 2030 ranging between 1,500GW and 2,000GW, it is essential that emerging markets become an important part of the world’s wind power capacity.

As technological advances make wind power increasingly competitive with fossil fuels, wind farms are becoming the energy source of choice in many countries. This is evident in Brazil, where some 4GW of wind power capacity is expected to have been installed by the end of 2014.

India and Pakistan both have to deal with fast-growing demand for electricity from domestic and industrial consumers. In India, a new National Wind Energy Mission aims to boost growth, while in Pakistan the key driver is the need to reduce fossil fuel imports.

Significant investment in wind power and other renewable energy technologies is expected in Latin America, where energy prices have risen rapidly and energy demand is on the rise. Northern African countries have some advanced policies in place to boost wind power growth. Morocco has a goal of installing 2GW of wind energy by 2020, while Egypt aims to source 20% of its electricity from renewables by the same date, including 12% from wind.

Political uncertainty and insufficiently clear policies have the potential to jeopardise the progress of wind power in several of these emerging markets. Conversely, a desire to boost economic growth and a definite drive towards renewables could deliver significant growth over the next few years.


This report makes extensive use of the Windpower Intelligence (WPI) database of existing and planned wind farms, as well as desk research and direct contact with wind industry stakeholders in the relevant geographical areas.

This report covers emerging wind power markets across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. We have omitted the well-developed wind markets of Western Europe from this report, as well as the US and Canada. In the Asia-Pacific region, China, Australia and New Zealand were also excluded.

For the data analysis, we used a snapshot of the data that was taken on 1 October 2014. Figures for 2014 are drawn from the October issue of the WPI Global Forecast, which provides up-to-date country forecasts based on on-the-ground research alongside collection and verification of pipeline data.

This report lays out a series of growth scenarios to forecast installed capacity between 2015 and 2020. Part of our forecast of future installed wind capacity is drawn from the October issue of the WPI Global Forecast.

This report uses a combination of: analysis of the pipeline in the WPI tracker database; linear regression analysis of historical installed capacity; and an assessment of individual countries’ policies and targets, when available.

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