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IEA Wind TCP 2016 Annual Report

By Cezanne Murphy-Levesque posted Oct 24, 2017 06:00


IEA Wind TCP 2016 Annual Report

Highlights from the IEA Wind TCP global network advancing wind energy development

In 2016, 54 GW of new wind power capacity were installed worldwide and wind-generated electricity met 4% of the world’s electricity demand. Wind power system performance and reliability continued to improve throughout the year, and costs proved even more competitive with record low tenders during the year. Approximately 84% of the total worldwide wind power capacity (413 GW), and all of the world’s offshore wind capacity, currently resides in the countries participating in the International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Wind TCP).

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The IEA Wind TCP is a global network of researchers and policy experts focused on sharing the latest technology research and best practices to advance wind energy deployment. Participants include 24 member countries and sponsor organizations across Europe, North America, and Asia. Researchers and policy experts lead and participate in 15 research Tasks, addressing specific issues related to wind energy development. These Tasks explore a variety of topics, including offshore wind deployment, component design and testing, the environmental impacts and cost of wind energy, social acceptance of wind energy, and systems engineering and aerodynamic modeling.

The IEA Wind TCP 2016 Annual Report highlights the work of the 15 cooperative research Tasks, as well as the research and deployment activities of the 24 member countries and sponsor organizations. The overview chapter provides an extensive summary of how member countries benefit from wind energy, how much wind power generation each country has deployed, and how policies and research programs increase wind power’s contribution to the world energy supply. The full report is available for free download at

IEA Wind TCP 2016 Annual Report (2017). PWT Communications, LLC: Boulder, CO, 160 pages, ISBN 978-0-9905075-6-7, download at