International wind market round up

How will global markets be affected by the economic climate?


Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 16.00-17.30

‘Euthymenes’ room (Palais de Arts, Parc Chanot)

International wind markets have seen another impressive year in 2008, with over 27 GW of new capacity brought online and a total installed capacity close to 121GW. The growth in 2008 was primarily driven by developments in China and the US, but other markets are also starting to emerge on the wind energy map.

This side event looked at the key developments in non–European markets in 2008, and analysed how the current financial crisis is likely to affect growth in 2009 and beyond. Experts from the US, Canada, China, India and the International Finance Corporation gave insights into established and emerging markets, and were available to answer questions from the audience in this interactive session.

Speakers included:

Global wind markets in 2008 and beyond: Status and 5-year forecast
Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC

The world’s largest market: Wind energy in the US
Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association

Growing Wind in Canada: Opportunities and Trends in the Canadian Wind Market
Sean Whittaker, Vice-President, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

Recent developments and outlook for the Indian wind energy market
DV Giri, Chairman, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturer’s Association (IWTMA)

Emerging wind energy markets and the role of financing
Dana Younger, International Finance Corporation

12 GW and counting – the wind energy boom in China

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