Wind installations slow in first months of the year says BWE

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German wind installations in the first quarter of 2003 reached 357.3 MW -- down 100 MW compared with the same period last year. Germany now has 12,359 MW of wind capacity, reports the German wind energy association, Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). A total of 2,500-3,000 MW is expected to be installed this year, compared with 3,247 MW in 2002. By the end of 2003 wind power is expected to contribute 5% to national electricity consumption, the organisation adds. The inland eastern German state of Brandenberg has seen a surge of activity this year with 79 MW added -- more than the 70 MW of new-build in the coastal state of Lower Saxony and far outstripping the 12 MW that went in the ground in the neighbouring state of Schleswig-Holstein. The two windy states of the north of Germany are where most wind turbines have been installed. "Wind energy development in inland states is now at about the same stage as in the coastal states eight to nine years ago," says BWE's Peter Ahmels. It is not, however, the end of the line for coastal developments, he stresses. Lower Saxony has about 900 MW in planning and Schleswig-Holstein about 1000 MW.

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