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Global wind capacity rose by about 40% in 2001 with the addition of more than 5000 MW of new wind power plant. The figures tabulated in this month's Windicator (right) are only provisional end-year data, but the trend in extremely strong growth is clear: wind capacity has doubled every two and half years during the last ten years. The definitive numbers for national capacity will start trickling in from mid-January, so look out for the final year-end totals for 2001 in the April Windicator.

Most spectacular growth has again been recorded in Germany with over 2000 MW of new plant added in one year. It led the growth rate charts for 2001, followed by Spain and the United States. It is America, however, that has stunned the world with a string of 100 MW-plus projects and two over 200 MW -- in Texas and the Northwest. In terms of wind capacity per head of population, however, Denmark remains way out in front, despite a relatively slow year, followed by Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Greece.

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