Global Wind Power Cumulative Installed Capacity to Hit 2.38TW in 2032

Increased activity in Western markets and Africa will drive a ten-year compound annual growth rate of 10.1% for grid-connected wind power, leading to 2.38 terawatts (TW) of cumulative installed capacity at the end of 2032, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie.

According to Wood Mackenzie’s “Global wind power market outlook update: Q3 2023” report, this long-term growth will take place despite short-term challenges that have caused a net downgrade of 10.1 gigawatts (GW) from 2023 to 2025.

“There is encouraging activity in Western markets across North America, South America, and Europe with revisions of national energy and climate plan (NECP) targets, positive auction developments, and strengthened repowering projections,” said Luke Lewandowski, vice president, of global renewables research at Wood Mackenzie

“We are also tracking the advancement of megaprojects in Africa that are driving growth. This will all help offset some of the short-term challenges in the global offshore market, particularly in China.”

China’s new “Single 30” regulation, coupled with global inflation and supply chain challenges, has impacted offshore economics, leading to project cancelations and postponements, causing a near-term slowdown in growth.

However, the new repowering policy in China provides a boost to the long-term global outlook, with annual build from 2026 through 2032 averaging 170 GW per year.

To achieve this, total CapEx investment projections for wind power in the 10-year outlook will equal US$2.5 trillion, with offshore accounting for US$850 billion of this activity.

“This year and next will be more challenging than predicted earlier in the year, but the long-term trends are still very positive for cumulative capacity growth across all regions,” said Lewandowski.