The Asian and American markets (including Latin America and Canada) are expanding rapidly, but Europe is still supplying about half the annual global addition and continues to account for around two- thirds of cumulative capacity. Growth in Europe was strong in the UK, Netherlands, Portugal, and France. The US joined Germany and Spain in breaching the 10,000 MW barrier during the year and India, with over 6000 MW, could be next. France, Japan, China and Canada joined these markets and five others in passing the 1000 MW milestone.
Global wind capacity by end 2006 may not reach the forecast 75,000 MW, but with nearly 12,000 MW of new capacity counted so far -- and up to 2500 MW or more still likely to turn up -- there is no disputing the scoring of yet another annual installation record. The forecast may only be missed by 1500 MW or less. See the April Windicator for final end-2006 figures. Component shortages, plus relief from the usual end year, PTC-induced, grid-connection rush in the United States, account for the slightly slower development than expected. The global growth rate remains steady at 24%, as does Europe's 18% growth rate.