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About 15,100 MW of wind capacity was added in 2006, taking the global end year total to 74,300 MW, enough to comfortably cover the total electricity requirements of, say, Sweden or Turkey. The overall growth rate in 2006 was just under 26% -- up 1% on last year -- and the total volume of new capacity installed was 30% higher than the previous year. In megawatt terms, about 3500 MW more was added in 2006 than in 2005 and 5000 MW more than in 2004, both record years in their own right.

Europe's dominance of the global market has dipped slightly below its traditional two-thirds of total capacity thanks to strong performance in Asia, particularly India and China, and North America. The long-awaited surge of activity in South America has started, at least in Brazil, and could continue. Twelve countries now have more than 1000 MW of capacity, with two new entrants to the club, France and Canada. Growth in Europe was roughly the same as last year, about 18%, representing just over 7600 MW of new capacity, 1300 MW more than in 2005. Five countries installed more than 1000 MW in 2006: Germany, Spain India, China and the United States. Germany is again expected to add about 2200 MW and the US up to 3000 MW. Combined, that is more than one-third of the total installed last year, indicating that 2007 is on track for yet another record.

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