The decline in last year's growth rate is mainly due to the maturing German market (it probably stagnated in 2002), a slower year in Spain and a quiet year in the US (only about 450 MW compared to nearly 1700 MW in 2001). The three, however, remain the strongest markets. The US is on course to add 2000 MW or more this year and could rival Germany for new megawatts in 2003. Spain, with grid expansion deals signed, is set for a good year too. Markets tipped for new growth -- Australia, UK, Canada and Norway -- are stirring; with the US and emerging markets they are expected to take up the slack from maturing markets. Near term, Denmark's repowering is looking robust. Offshore, Denmark and the UK are striding out, though expectations for the Netherlands were dashed by the political destruction of its wind market.
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