Feeling the winds of change on Global Wind Day 2020

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The world’s population is growing, and so too is our demand for energy. On Global Wind Day 2020, join me in considering how wind technology has evolved, and the role it could play in the energy sector in the crucial years ahead.

Why wind power makes business sense

By 2030, it’s estimated that global energy requirements will soar by 39%. Given that fossil fuel reserves are finite and the impact of climate change is increasing, energy producers are looking to alternative sources to keep the power flowing.

Renewable sources of energy will play a vital role in solving this challenge. The change is already well underway, and energy production from renewable sources is expected to rise from 13% to 15% in the next 15 years.

As global producers reshape the energy industry, wind will make an important contribution. This has all been made possible by significant advances in wind-turbine engineering. Today, wind turbines are larger, more effective and less expensive than ever. In fact, the costs involved in wind energy have tumbled over the years. At the same time, it’s become easier to integrate wind into the energy supply chain.

Cleaning up the global energy mix

As a renewable source of energy, wind power creates negligible amounts of pollutants, resulting in cleaner air for us all to breathe. For the same reasons, incorporating wind into energy production could help to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Wind energy can also have substantial economic benefits for local communities. The sector is creating high-skilled jobs in many regions around the world, rejuvenating areas where other industries are in decline.

In the years to come, it’s clear that wind energy will become more important than ever to the global energy system—and on this Global Wind Day, let’s embrace the winds of change.

Published: June 2020