The State of Play of the Global Wind Industry and a Five-year Projection (Webinar)

28 April 2014

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), hosted this webinar on the GWEC’s recently released Global Wind Report—Annual Market Update 2013. The report is the authoritative source of information on wind power markets around the world. The 2013 edition includes insights of the most important wind power markets worldwide, future trends with market projections for 2014-2018, an expert opinion on redefining the cost debate by Siemens Wind, a chapter featuring a renewable energy future and the state of play of the global offshore market. The report gives a comprehensive snapshot of the global industry, now present in more than 80 countries with 24 countries having more than 1,000 MW installed. For the webinar, GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer presented some of the report’s key findings and his views on where the global wind industry is heading. Sawyer also discussed what the major challenges are as well as insights into the emerging markets.

(webinar transcript)


Steve SawyerSteve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

Steve Sawyer joined the Global Wind Energy Council as its first Secretary General in April 2007. He has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry for a, primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC, he is focused on working with intergovernmental organizations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Steve is also a founding member of both the REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, and he provided expert reviewing for the IPCC’s Working Group III.