Wind market slowing down

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New wind capacity in Germany this year is not expected to exceed 2700 MW, 17% down on the 3247 MW installed in 2002, reports German wind energy association Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). So far this year, 835 MW of wind power has been installed, compared with 1088 MW in the first six months of last year. Although the German market is declining for the first time in a decade -- and steeply compared with the record level achieved in 2002 -- the industry is on course this year to more or less match the 2695 MW installed in 2001. Enercon remains the market leader, providing 37% of all new capacity so far this year, albeit this is a sharp drop on its performance of 46% in the first half of 2002. Vestas, with 26%, shows a big improvement on its 11% share of the market in the first six months of 2002. GE Wind Energy scored 11.9%, down on last year's 14% for the first six months. Of the smaller players, REpower Systems took 7.3% and troubled Nordex 4.9%, a 1% drop on last year. A "more cautious approach" is the reason why, says Nordex's Ralf Peters. "Our policy now is not to install turbines until financing is 100% closed," he adds. AN Windenergie's delivery of Bonus turbines accounts for 3.8% of sales in Germany so far this year, with NEG Micon taking a 3.5% slice of the market. DeWind and Fuhrländer bring up the rear with 2.7% and 0.7%, respectively. New development is increasingly concentrated in low wind areas now that coastal areas are running short of sites. The two inland states of Brandenburg and North Rhine Westfalia respectively added 185 MW and 143 MW in the January to June period -- a combined total far greater than the 205 MW built in coastal Lower Saxony.

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