Against all expectations, Germany installed more new wind capacity in 2006 than in the previous two years, shedding its label as a declining wind market. A total of 2233 MW was commissioned during the year, supplied by 1208 turbines, pushing it past the 20,000 MW milestone, reports the federal wind association, Bundesverband Windenergie. At 20,622 MW from 18,685 turbines, Germany is streets ahead of the United States, its nearest competitor, which is expected to report an operating wind power capacity of around 12,000 MW for the end of last year. Germany's 2006 performance beats its installation of 1808 MW of wind plant in 2005 and 2037 MW in 2004, but was 412 MW down on the 2645 MW installed in 2003. Annual wind development in Germany peaked in 2002 at 3247 MW.
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