A total of 96.3GW worth of new wind capacity was commissioned in 2020, an increase of 59% over 2019, led by a truly formidable year in China which saw 57.8GW worth of new capacity commissioned. “While every region commissioned more wind capacity than the year prior, the unprecedented growth observed in 2020 should be credited to the Chinese wind market,” said Isabelle Edwards, wind associate at BloombergNEF and lead author of the 2020 Global Wind Turbine Market Shares report. “Nearly every turbine maker is now selling turbines into China, and in 2020 it was the second-largest market for both GE and Vestas.”
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China built more new windfarm capacity in 2020 than the whole world combined in the year before, leading to an annual record for windfarm installations despite the Covid-19 pandemic. A study has revealed that China led the world’s biggest ever increase in wind power capacity as developers built almost 100GW worth of windfarms last year – enough to power almost three times the number of homes in the UK and a rise of nearly 60% on the previous year. Most of the world’s new windfarms were built onshore, which more than offset a drop of 20% in the new wind power capacity built at sea. The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, found that China built more than half of the world’s new wind power capacity. Its onshore and offshore windfarms grew by almost 58GW last year, more than the world’s combined wind power growth in 2019.
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GE Renewable Energy will create as many as 750 new jobs in northeast England with a new factory that will make hundreds of giant blades destined for wind turbines in the North Sea. The new facility, located in Teesside, is set to open and begin production in 2023, the company said in a statement. The GE announcement was made on the same day the U.K. government confirmed plans to invest 95 million pounds ($132 million) to create two dedicated offshore wind ports in Teesside and on the Humber, an estuary also on the U.K.’s northeast coast. The burst of activity in the region will likely help economic goals set out last week by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. Sunak said he wanted to help to boost investment in deprived areas in the north of England, while also putting the U.K. on a path to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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A multi national energy firm is building its new manufacturing plant on the site of the former SSI steelworks in Redcar, creating 750 new jobs. GE Renewables will be the first firm to invest on the site, where they will make blades for wind turbines to be used in the Dogger Bank wind farm off the Yorkshire coast, which is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in the UK. The Prime Minister announced plans for up to £95 million to be invested to build new wind ports and Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre will benefit from up to £20 million. The Tees Valley Mayor hopes that even more jobs will be created in the future.
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Ex-steelworks to make wind farm parts in plan for 6,000 green jobs. The government will invest almost £100 million creating new wind turbine ports in northeast England, with a big renewables company announcing plans to make crucial parts in Teesside. Two new wind ports, one in Teesside and another in north Lincolnshire, will create capacity for seven companies to make parts for the offshore wind industry, whose capacity the government has vowed to quadruple by 2030. The projects are set to create 6,000 new jobs. As part of the announcement the government said that GE Renewable Energy, a multi-billion pound manufacturer, will build a new wind blade factory at the Teesside site, which is a former steelworks. The factory is due to open and start production in 2023.
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