Around 731 MW installed in first half of year, down on last year's figure

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During the first half of 2004, 731.4 MW of new wind generation was installed in Germany, down from 835.4 MW during the same period of 2003, reports national wind association Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). The number of new turbines dropped from 536 to 436. Enercon increased its grip on the home market, supplying 54.1% of the new megawatts, followed by Vestas with a market share of 26.8%. By the end of June, the German wind turbine fleet totalled 15,800 turbines with a combined capacity of 15,329 MW which in an average wind year would generate 30.9 TWh, or 6.55% of national electricity consumption, says BWE. For the whole year, the organisation expects new capacity to amount to 2200-2500 MW, compared with 2645 MW in 2003 and 3247 MW in 2002.

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