Last year saw a fundamental shift in the global market for wind turbines, with North America for the first time installing more new wind capacity in a single year than achieved in Europe. The US and Canada look to have installed about 9 GW, or at least 3 GW more than in 2007, while Europe may fall more than 1 GW short of its 2007 score of 8.6 GW, depending on a potential adjustment to Spanish official figures. In Europe, a re-ordering of the top ten countries has occurred, with France, Italy and the UK all vying for the third place slot long occupied by Denmark, though they are still way behind market leaders Germany and Spain. France looks to be the European star performer for 2008 with a capacity increase of around 50%. Both India and China are approaching 10 GW, though just how much of the capacity is actually feeding power to the grid requires confirmation.
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