About 2740 MW of wind plant have been installed so far this year. Compared with the 6765 MW that went up in 2001 that does not sound like much. But it is about 350 MW more than in the same period last year. Wind power is a seasonal business and the trend is for almost twice as much to be installed in the latter part of the year than in the first eight months or so. On that basis the wind industry is on target for yet another annual record -- particularly with Germany, now past the 10,000, milestone, set for a mighty spurt according to turbine suppliers. Spain and Germany installed about 1000 MW of the around 1500 MW of the past three months, with the US the third most active market. The surprise this month is the Netherlands, which added 90 MW. Other relatively quiet markets that are expected to come alive in coming months are the UK, Greece, Italy, France, Norway and Denmark's repowering. Of particular development note this summer is the completion of Denmark's 160 MW Horns Rev offshore plant.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol