The winds of change are blowing. An annual report written by the Global Wind Energy Council shows that in 2006 the wind industry grew enormously:

“Despite constraints facing supply chains for wind turbines, the annual market for wind continued to increase at the staggering rate of 32% following the 2005 record year, in which the market grew by 41%. This development shows that the global wind energy industry is responding fast to the challenge of manufacturing at the required level, and manages to deliver sustained growth.”

Because of the installments made in 2006, the world now generates nearly 75,000 megawatts of wind energy. Seventy countries have some sort of wind industry and the continent of Europe accounts for 65 percent of the global total (mostly because of Germany and Spain).

But the countries with the most growth in 2006 were the United States, Germany, India, Spain, China, and France. So hip, hip hooray for us, but despite our progress, wind energy still only accounts for 0.34 percent of the energy generated in the United States. Needless to say, we are not blown away.

Story by Susan Cosier. This article originally appeared in Plenty in February 2007. This story was added to in July 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2007.