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8 Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World

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Did you know that 80.4 percent of the total installed wind power capacity of the world is housed by the 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world? And, which are those countries?  Keep on reading to find out!

Wind energy as a power sector has been growing exceptionally, especially in the last year. Total generation of the world has increased by 17.4% to amount to 841 terawatt hours in 2015. The reason that countries are stressing on wind energy these days is that it is healthier for the environment. The objectives that several nations have set for themselves in relation to climate can only be achieved if electricity is generated in a green way. Producing it with the help of renewable resources is an effective method and wind energy tops the list as an example. Such is the growth of wind energy that in the EU, 44% of new electricity generation capacity installed in 2015 was wind power.

80.4 percent of the total installed wind power capacity of the world is housed by the 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world. Wind energy as a power sector has been growing exceptionally, especially in the last year. Total generation of the world has increased by 17.4% to amount to 841 terawatt hours in 2015. The reason that countries are stressing on wind energy these days is that it is healthier for the environment. The objectives that several nations have set for themselves in relation to climate can only be achieved if electricity is generated in a green way. Producing it with the help of renewable resources is an effective method and wind energy tops the list as an example. Such is the growth of wind energy that in the EU, 44% of new electricity generation capacity installed in 2015 was wind power. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World mj007/Shutterstock.com Wind power is generated by passing of air flow through wind turbines resulting in mechanical power which is then converted into electricity, the same electricity we use in our houses. If you would like to know the 8 countries that produce the most electricity in the world, then just follow the link! While preparing our list, we came to know that reliable sources like the Global Wind Energy Council and BP Statistical Review of World Energy have used cumulative installed wind power capacity of each nation at the end of 2015 as the measure to identify leading countries in the field of wind power. Therefore, we have used the same criteria. Taking our figures from the Global Wind Energy Council, we have formed the following list of 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world. 8. France Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 10,358 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 2.4% One of the three European countries on our list, France hit the 10,000 megawatts mark this year by installing 1,073 megawatts of new capacity and has succeeded in getting a spot on our list. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World artefacti/Shutterstock.com 7. Canada Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 11,205 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 2.6% In Canada, 5% of electricity generation is done through wind. The country set up 36 wind power projects in 2015 to install 1,506 new megawatts during the period. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World Alexey Stiop/Shutterstock.com 6. United Kingdom Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 13,603 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 3.1% Generating electricity through wind power is the most inexpensive form of producing power in the UK. This nation is considered to be one of the best countries for wind power development in the world and is taking advantage of these factors by looking to increase its wind power capacity even more in the future. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World 5. Spain Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 23,025 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 5.3% Surprisingly, no new wind power capacity was installed in the year 2015 in Spain. This caused it to drop down the list a little. However, the cumulative capacity is still admirable, making wind the third most important source of electricity in this member of the European Union. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World 4. India Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 25,088 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 5.8% India has come in on number 4 on our list of 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world. During the period March to August, India enjoys consistently strong winds which give an advantage to the nation providing it with a good reason to move towards wind energy for its power generation. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World 3. Germany Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 44,947 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 10.4% Germany, with over 22,000 wind turbines, has installed 6,000 megawatts of new capacity in 2015 which has helped it in expanding its wind energy industry. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World 2. United States of America Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 74,471 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 17.2% From almost 45,000 megawatts of Germany to the 74,000 megawatts of the US, the latter is a long way ahead from the former. USA is playing a very important role in the development of the wind power sector and slowly increasing its percentage of wind power generation to the total electricity produced by the nation. In states like Iowa, 31% of power comes from wind, which is a giant leap from former years. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World 1. China Cumulative installed wind power capacity: 145,362 megawatts Percentage share of total wind power capacity of the world: 33.6% The People's Republic of China has impressed everyone by installing more new wind power capacity in 2015 than the whole of the European Union. In fact almost half of the entire new capacity of the world was actually installed by China which is why this country has bagged the number one spot on our list of 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world. Countries that Produce the Most Wind Energy in the World

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Wind power is generated by the passing of air flow through wind turbines resulting in mechanical power which is then converted into electricity, the same electricity we use in our houses. If you would like to know the 8 countries that produce the most electricity in the world, then just follow the link!

While preparing our list, we came to know that reliable sources like the Global Wind Energy Council and BP Statistical Review of World Energy have used cumulative installed wind power capacity of each nation at the end of 2015 as the measure to identify leading countries in the field of wind power. Therefore, we have used the same criteria. Taking our figures from the Global Wind Energy Council, we have formed the following list of 8 countries that produce the most wind energy in the world.

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