MENA wind energy usage to double between 2010-2014

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said wind power development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) grew 38% in 2009 and wind turbines usage in the same region will continue to increase as national policies of involved countries become more favourable and technological advances are introduced.

Steve Sawyer, CEO of GWEC and panel chair at the current World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2011) in Abu Dhabi, in comments during the event, said "there have been encouraging signs for wind power development in the MENA region in the past few years."

The MENA wind energy usage increase was especially evident in Morocco, Tunisia, Iran and Egypt which together installed 230 MW in 2009 "taking the total for MENA region up 38% to 828 MW at the end of last year", according to Sawyer.

The comments follows the recent release of GWEC’s release of the "Global Wind Energy Outlook 2010" which reveals that global wind power is set to double between 2010 and 2014 and that the wind power industry is taking place in emerging economies.

"As technology continues to improve in both efficiency and reliability, wind power becomes a more attractive option for power companies planning their future energy generation mix," Saywer added. Sawyer is chairing, at the WFES 2011, a panel discussion today entitled "What is Next for the Wind Energy Industy?"