Global Markets For Wind Power: Wind Power Investment Report 2012
Authors: David Craik
Published: August, 2012
Pages: 130 | Tables: 99 | Figures: 34

The Windpower Intelligence (WPI) Global Markets for Wind Power report provides an overview of the world wind-power industry in terms of current installed generation capacity, industry activity in 2011 and a forward look at onshore ambition for the period 2012–15 onshore and up to 2020 offshore.

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  • The future of the offshore windpower industry to 2020
  • The offshore wind power industry globally
  • Growth trends

What do you get?

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

Who should buy this report?

  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Components and equipment providers
  • Wind maintenance and service companies
  • Utilities and wind developers seeking opportunities
  • Financial institutions assessing risk and opportunities
  • Consultancies specialising in wind industry
  • Renewables policy makers-national or regional

What’s included in the price?

  • A hard copy of the report
  • CD-Rom with searchable PDF
  • Global intranet licence, allowing data to be distributed throughout your organisation

How will this intelligence benefit you?

  • Stay ahead of the competition by getting the latest industry figures and analysis
  • Pinpoint growth and identify factors driving change
  • Plan for the future with confidence


Last year, the global wind industry added 37.8GW of new wind-power generation capacity, bringing cumulative installed capacity to 228.32GW. The main performers were, in descending order: China, which added 15.7GW; the US (6.7GW); India (3GW); Germany (1.95GW) and Spain (1GW). Among these countries, each except Spain put more capacity on the grid than the previous year. In countries such as China and India, growth was encouraged by aggressive policy support for wind, but in the US an anxious rush to get turbines installed before a critical tax incentive expires later in 2012 was a bigger driver.

By region, Asia dominated with 52% of new capacity additions in 2011, followed by Europe with 25% and North America with 21%. Latin America was a very distant fourth place with only 2% and Africa and the Middle East barely appeared on the radar with a mere 0.3%.


The report is based on the WPI Tracker database of nearly 9,000 wind farms at various stages of development in 102 countries, as well as independent research conducted specifically for this report and on news and analysis from sister publication Windpower Monthly.

Using the Tracker as the foundation for our report enables WPI to produce a bottom-up projection of future market development around actual individual projects moving through the pipeline. This approach has the merit of being founded upon verifiable information rather than extrapolations of trends from government or industry estimates of installed and future wind-power capacity.

Also, it permits analysis of trends broken down by individual company, turbine size and other variables where other methods of analysis would not. Wind-farm information is gathered by researchers and correspondents around the globe; many live in the markets in question. Project data is input and reviewed by a dedicated research team tracking global wind-farm activity.

Forecasts are structured around pipeline-project data from all development stages; both early- and late-stage projects are included. The forecasts represent scenarios of possible future development based on project activity already underway in a variety of economic and policy environments, but should not be viewed as conclusive since some projects will necessarily be more viable than others.

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