Breakdown by country (bcm)

World

+3.1%

Dynamic demand in the USA and the EU.

China posted the second largest demand growth (+8.6%), accounting for 24% of the global increase

Global gas consumption continued to rise in 2019 (+2.6%), though at a slower rate than in 2018 (record year with +5.1%).
In the USA, the largest gas consumer, it grew by 3.1% in 2019, thanks to lower prices and new gas-fired capacity in the power sector. The growth was uneven, with 7% in the power sector but a rather flat consumption in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
In China, the economic slowdown and the relaxation of policy on coal-to-gas switching contributed to halve the growth in gas consumption (+8.6%).
Consumption grew in the EU (+3.1%), as demand recovered in Spain, Germany and Italy, and in producing countries such as Russia, Australia, Iran, Algeria and Egypt.
In Asia, it continued to decline in Japan and in South Korea, due to a lower demand from the power sector (lower electricity consumption and increased competition from nuclear reactors and renewables).
Gas consumption remained stable in Latin America with slight declines in Brazil and Argentina and a 4.4% growth in Mexico.

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Feb

Spain added 1.7 GW of wind capacity in 2020

According to the Spanish wind association Asociación Empresarial Eólica (AEE), Spain’s installed wind capacity increased by 1,720 MW in 2020 and reached 27,446 MW at the end of 2020. In 2020, the autonomous communities with the largest wind capacity additions were Aragón (+1,051 MW to 4,159 MW), followed by Navarra (+263 MW to 1,302 MW), Castilla y León (+216 MW to 6,300 MW), Castilla La Mancha (+65 MW to 3,885 MW), Canary Islands (+29 MW to 450 MW), Andalusia (+24 MW to 3,478 MW) and Galicia (+24 MW to 3,829 MW). In total, there are 1,267 wind farms in Spain, with 21,431 installed wind turbines and wind power accounted for 21.9% of the electricity consumed in 2020.

25
Feb

France's installed renewable capacity rose by 2 GW to 55.9 GW in 2020

According to the French Renewable Energy Association, France’s installed renewable capacity, including hydropower, increased by more than 2 GW in 2020 (+1,105 MW of wind and +820 MW of solar) and reached 55.9 GW at the end of 2020. Hydropower capacity accounting for over half of the capacity, with 25.7 GW, followed by wind (17.6 GW), solar (10.4 GW) and bio-energies (2.2 GW). Renewable accounted for 26.9% of electricity consumption in mainland France in 2020, compared to 23.1% in 2019. This increase is due to a higher renewable production of 120.7 TWh (+10.4% compared to 2019) and to a lower electricity consumption due to the public health situation.

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Feb

Brazil's installed wind capacity reached 17.7 GW at the end of 2020

According to the Brazilian wind association ABEEólica, Brazil had 17.7 GW of installed wind capacity at the end of 2020 (up from 928 MW at the end of 2010), with 695 wind power plants and more than 8,300 wind turbines. In 2020, Brazil installed nearly 2.3 GW of wind capacity. Most of Brazil’s installed wind capacity is located in Nordeste, with, most notably, 5.2 GW in Rio Grande do Norte, 4.9 GW in Bahia, 2.3 GW in Piauí and 2.2 GW in Ceará.

ABEEólica expects the Brazilian wind capacity to increase by nearly 11 GW by 2024, when it should reach 28.7 GW.

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Feb

Wind accounted for 36% of Ireland's electricity demand in 2020

According to the Irish wind association Wind Energy Ireland, wind power generation increased by 13% to over 10.7 TWh in 2020 and accounted for 36.3% of electricity demand in Ireland. Eight new wind plants were connected with a combined capacity of 135 MW, raising the installed wind capacity to 4,255 MW at the end of 2020. In addition, the authorities confirmed planning permissions for seven new wind power plants with a total capacity of 307 MW.


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