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Development from the Windicator

With the end-year count of wind megawatts still in full swing, definitive totals for 2007 are still to come, but there is little doubt the world has sailed past 90,000 GW to score another annual installation record (table). Provisional figures indicate that at least 16 GW of wind capacity was built in 2007. That is 4 GW more than reported by The Windicator at this time last year and already 1 GW more than the 15 GW added to the world total in 2006. The indications are that global wind market growth continues to truck along at an impressive 25% or so.

As always, finalised megawatt totals from around the world will be published in The Windicator in the April issue of Windpower Monthly. During the first weeks of last year, about 3 GW of further development turned up after the January issue deadline. Several of the totals in the table are best (low) estimates at this stage. The US is showing all signs of scoring a record 5 GW, double what it achieved in 2006 and more than any country has previously installed in a single year. Of the top ten, no less than six countries added more than 1000 MW in 2007, with China and Spain vying for second place behind the US. Beyond the US and China, the fastest growth markets are France and Italy.

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