The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies. The generation capacity of wind farms newly built in 2015 was a record 63.01 GW, corresponding to about 60 nuclear reactors, according to the Global Wind Energy Council based in Brussels. The global nuclear power generation capacity was 382.55 GW as of Jan. 1, 2016, the London-based World Nuclear Association said.
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Christopher Booker: Last week’s front-page revelation by The Sunday Telegraph that the Government might scrap its 2015 election manifesto pledge to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms” was only the latest indication of just what an ever more dishonestly dangerous mess it is making of our energy policy. But to understand just what a tricky game it is playing here we must first look at the very careful way in which that promise was worded. The government’s obsession with wind creates an ever-growing technical problem that threatens to put the lights out. To get round this, it proposes to subsidise gas by the back door. Then the wind industry, to get round that no “new subsidies” pledge, says it should also be given the same money as before, but simply called by another name – to which the Government says it is “carefully listening”. While we, the customers, just carry on paying those ever higher bills. Clever or what?
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