Wind

Onshore wind is a proven, mature technology with an extensive global supply chain and offshore wind is also expected to grow rapidly.

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Key findings

Wind capacity additions, 2019-2021, October 2019 forecast vs. May 2020 forecast

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The COVID-19 crisis will strongly slow down global wind capacity additions in 2020

Global onshore wind capacity additions jumped by 20% in 2019 compared to 2018, thanks to increasing expansion in China and the European Union. 2020 was expected to be another year of acceleration in deployment. However, the unprecedented global crisis caused by Covid-19 has pushed the onshore wind growth forecast for 2020 down by 12% compared to 2019 additions. This decline is mainly driven by project delays rather than cancellations, thus leading to a recovery in 2021. Despite a rebound in 2021, combined expected onshore wind growth in 2020 and 2021 is still lower than in our October 2019 forecast by 9%.

Offshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030

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Cost reductions, technology improvements and rapid deployment achieved in Europe need to be extended to other regions

Compared with record 32% growth in 2017, offshore wind electricity generation increased only 20% in 2018. Given its relatively small base, offshore wind growth must accelerate even further to reach the generation levels demonstrated in the SDS. The cost reductions, technology improvements and rapid deployment achieved in Europe need to be extended to other regions.

Onshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030

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More efforts are needed in onshore wind power

In 2019, onshore wind electricity generation increased by an estimated 12%. Capacity additions began to grow again by 22% after stagnating during 2016-18. However, more efforts are needed: annual onshore wind capacity additions need to increase much more quickly through 2030 to get on track with the SDS.

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Our work on Wind

The Wind TCP’s mission is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy research, development, and deployment (RD&D). The Wind TCP provides high quality information and analysis to member governments and commercial sector leaders by addressing technology development, deployment and its benefits, markets, and policy options.