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The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recently published IEA Wind Energy Annual Report 2008, distributed in the U.S. by the U.S. Department of Energy, is now available for free download. The report provides the latest information on the wind industries in 20 IEA Wind member countries and includes information such as generation capacity, progress toward national objectives, benefits to national economies, issues affecting growth, costs of projects and turbines, national incentive programs, and research and development results. The Executive Summary synthesizes the information presented in separate chapters by the member countries, the European Commission, and the European Wind Energy Association.
The IEA Wind member countries-located in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific Region-provide 75% of worldwide wind generating capacity. These countries share information and research efforts to increase the contribution of wind energy to their electrical generation mix. They added more than 17,000 megawatts (MW) in 2008 for a total of close to 92,000 MW of wind generating capacity. More than half of the member countries added at least 200 MW of new capacity each, and four countries added more than 1000 MW: the U.S. (8558 MW), Germany (1665 MW), Spain (1609 MW), and Italy (1010 MW).
The electrical production from wind in IEA Wind countries met 2.3% of the total electrical demand, up from 1.64% in 2007. This electrical output was sufficient to cover the total electricity consumption of a country such as Australia. Many of the countries report planning for much more capacity for 2009 and beyond.
The IEA Wind Energy Annual Report 2008 was funded and produced by the IEA Wind implementing agreement and is made available to participating countries through their national representatives. The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory represent the U.S. in this agreement.
The report can be downloaded for free from the IEA Wind website at www.ieawind.org.