The amount of power generated from wind energy is poised to double in the next five years, according to a report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

China will lead the increase, followed by the European Union and the United States, the report said. China country installed 30.8GW of capacity during 2015 to take its total to 145GW, surpassing Europe’s total.

The GWEC also highlighted growing contributions from emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America, particularly in countries such as Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.

Wind is now ‘mainstream’

Steve Sawyer, General Secretary of the GWEC, said: “Wind power led all technologies in new power generation in 2015.

“Led by wind, renewables have come of age and are transforming the power sector.

“Wind power is now mainstream, supplying competitive, reliable and clean energy to fuel economic growth, and to cut emissions in established economies, while at the same time creating jobs, new industries, and enhancing energy security.”

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