According to the Global Wind Energy Council, by the close of 2011, the total worldwide wind power generation output was 238 gigawatts. Although this may seem lower than the 392 gigawatts of power that was generated from nuclear plants in 2010, as reported by the World Nuclear Association, you just have to look at wind power’s short history to see that, if the trend continues, wind will overtake nuclear as the preferred worldwide power source.
In just ten short years wind power’s output as increased 10 times since 2001, where only 23.9 gigawatts were generated. Furthermore the 2011 numbers were up 21% from 2010.
Nuclear on the other hand has only risen by 7% since the 2001, and the numbers have actually fallen within the first month of 2012. The decline in nuclear output is in relation to the Fukushima disaster, which not only shut down two of Japan’s nuclear reactors, but a host of other reactors where also shut down around the world in order to avoid a similar accident.
Industry experts agree, that if the trend for significant growth in wind power generation continues, that in just five short years wind will overtake nuclear as the preferred worldwide power source.