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The feel good factor

With orders for at least 4000-5000 MW already home and upwards of 500 MW of requests for proposals on the table, to feel anything but good about the wind market would be churlish indeed. The industry is secure for at least the next two years -- and its 38% growth rate is in fact 50% higher than that of computer sales. But wind's global market is still far from secure and much work needs to be done on shaping fair policies and ensuring their proper implementation. Wind's traditional markets -- Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, the US and now also Sweden -- all look set for steady growth, though Spain's will grow more rapidly than ever and Britain's will lie dormant while it gets its new policy sorted out. Our tips for new markets activity in the short term are Japan, Greece, Texas and Minnesota, while Egypt and Morocco will see big one-off aid projects this year. Next year will see another big US surge.

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