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The success of wind power over the past 15 years is truly extraordinary. With nearly 240,000 MW of installed capacity at the end of 2011, this is more than 30 times what it was in 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was adopted.While wind power currently supplies about 2.5 per cent of global electricity supply, it now provides 25 per cent of Denmark's electricity, and also makes a double digit contribution in Spain, Portugal and Ireland. It contributes more than 40 per cent of annual electricity in three German states and 20 per cent of South Australia's electricity. Wind energy is clean, reliable, and predictable; it is fast to deploy and consumes no fresh water to generate electricity. Industry projections show that wind power will, with the right policy support, double in capacity by 2015, and again by the end of this decade, delivering Below: Abeeolica-Vale dos VentosRight: Global Annual Installed Wind Capacity 1996-2011Below Right: Abeeolica-Praia Formosasomewhere between 8 and 12 per cent of global electricity supply, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 1.5 billion tons per annum by that time. This is equivalent to 45-70 per cent of the current emission reduction pledges on the table in the UNFCCC negotiations; demonstrating both the effectiveness of wind power but at the same time underscoring the lack of ambition currently on the table.While the modern wind industry was born in Europe and North America as a response to the oil shocks of the 1970s, commercial wind power is now deployed in more than 75 countries around the world, boosting energy security, attracting investment (more than US$75 billion in 2011), creating new industries, new jobs, and reducing local air pollution, on top of its global climate benefits. For the first time, in 2010 more wind power was deployed in developing economies than in the OECD countries and this was the case in 2011 as well. ? " Governments regularly pay lip service to the fact that it is the private sector that is going to have to supply the majority of the finance necessary to meet our climate protection goals"renewable energy 055

Below: Annual CO2 Emissions ReductionsBottom: Abeeolica- Vale dos VentosChina is now the global leader in cumulative installed capacity and has led the annual market for the last three years. It was India, however, that saw the greatest volume growth in 2011, and now stands at number five in the global league table, behind China, the US, Germany and Spain.In fact, most of the major growth markets are outside of the OECD. Brazil is leading the way in Latin America, with more than 1.5GW installed and a pipeline of an addition 7,000 MW out to 2015, and Mexico is not far behind. Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Honduras and Argentina among others in the region, are starting to choose wind power as a way to meet the needs of a growing economy while increasing their energy independence. In sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and now South Africa are building new plant, joining Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia in leading wind power development on the African continent.But in order for wind power to reach its full potential, governments need to act. That is why GWEC and its members are active all over the world, educating local and national governments and international agencies about the benefits of wind power. Working with the UNFCCC, the IEA, 056 renewable energy