Wind power is picking up speed. Around the world, countries are investing more and more money in land-based as well as offshore turbines.
"What we can certainly see is a further diversification of the wind power market," said Stefan Gsänger, secretary general for the World Wind Energy Association, a nonprofit organization based in Germany whose membership represents national wind energy associations and 100 countries. The association promotes renewable energy, advises governments on policy, and tracks wind industry developments.
These countries are based on the WWEA's market share data as well as countries with notable wind energy leadership. Choosing just 10 was challenging -- Gsänger also wanted to include Romania for its high growth rate, and Portugal with a total wind capacity just below Canada's. Countries in Latin America and Africa are installing their first wind farms. A larger, more diverse market means increased competition and better prices for consumers.