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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Installed Wind Energy Capacity

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  • This resource includes an interactive map and graph that shows the cumulative installed capacity of onshore and offshore wind energy for countries around the world since 1997.
  • Data source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can customize the map and graph to display one or more countries of interest and compare them with the global total.
  • The data table, maps, and charts can be downloaded. The data table can also be sorted.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with line graphs, global maps, and data tables.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with math, economics, and social studies courses when working with the data. Students could also discuss the economic and societal benefits of building and using renewable energy. Building wind turbines creates jobs, reduces toxic air pollution, and slows down global warming.
Scientist Notes

Method used in this resource entailed obtaining the cumulative installed wind energy capacity, including both onshore and offshore wind sources, measured in Gigawatts (GW). China appeared to have the most installed wind energy facility as compared to the USA and other countries. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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