Earth Policy News – Global Wind Power Expands in 2006

Eco-Economy Indicator WIND POWER

June 28, 2006

Eco-Economy Indicators are the twelve trends the Earth Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building an environmentally sustainable economy

an eco-economy. Wind electric generating capacity is an indicator because wind is poised to become the foundation of the new energy economy.


Joseph Florence

Global wind electricity-generating capacity increased by 24 percent in

2005 to 59,100 megawatts. This represents a twelvefold increase from a decade ago, when world wind-generating capacity stood at less than 5,000 megawatts. Wind is the world’s fastest-growing energy source with an average annual growth rate of 29 percent over the last ten years. In contrast, over the same time period, coal use has grown by 2.5 percent per year, nuclear power by 1.8 percent, natural gas by 2.5 percent, and oil by

1.7 percent…

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For an index of Earth Policy Institute resources related to Wind Energy see

And for more information on restructuring the global energy economy see Chapter 10 in PLAN B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble by Lester R. Brown (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006), posted at


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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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