China led new global wind-power installations worldwide in 2016, adding 23.3 gigawatts of new capacity according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council. The total was almost three times more wind power than the United States, which added 8.2 GW. About 54.6 GW of new turbines were installed globally, the report said, raising total capacity to about 487 GW worldwide. Despite its lead in nameplate capacity, though, China is far behind the United States in the amount of electricity produced by its turbines. Even with more than double the installed capacity – 169 GW in China compared with 82 GW in the United States – China generated only 241 terawatt-hours of wind power compared with America’s 224 TWh.

– via Renewable Energy World


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