Wind Energy 2014 Outlook:
Major Markets Recover,
Battling Policy and Grid
Wind energy demand in 2014 promises to be signifcantly better
than 2013 with expectations of stabilization and growth in both
the U.S. and China, and continued growth in some emerging markets.
James Montgomery, Associate Editor
Preliminary estimates suggest worldwide wind energy installations were 34-35 GW in 2013, “a substantial dropoff” from a
record-setting 2012, according to Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). In fact 2013
will have been the frst time in nearly a decade where global demand contracted, almost entirely because of softness in
demand in the U.S. and China, added Steen Broust Nielsen,
partner with Make Consulting.
This year promises to be signifcantly better (though perhaps
not quite as good as 2012), with expectations of stabilization
and growth in both the U.S.
and China, and continued
strength building in some
emerging markets. GWEC’s
initial expectations for 2014
are for 45-48 GW, and with
some upside. The largest vari-
able, as has been the case
for several years now, is the
extent of the U.S. recovery. In
Europe, Germany and the U.K.
continue to drive the mar-
ket, with emerging growth in
countries like Sweden, Den-
mark, and Finland, and some
MidAmerican Energy’s Highland wind project in O’Brien County, Iowa.