Development

Just 12 months ago the wind power business was celebrating having passed the 8000 MW milestone. Today, installed wind power generating capacity has almost reached 12,000 MW, 50% more. The actual increase since this time last year is around 40%, which means wind capacity will double in two years. Once again it is a rate of growth even faster than the most optimistic of industry projections heard at conferences over past months.

Even during the summer quarter, traditionally not a busy period for wind plant installation, some 500 MW of new turbines have been added to the global total. Germany continues to be the main industry driver, adding around 300 MW since the spring. As expected, the American market nose-dived after June, but there are nonetheless a series of new projects taking shape despite the desperately uncertain political climate for wind's federal tax credit, now waiting to be reintroduced.

Although at Windpower Monthly we do not guarantee the accuracy of the quarterly totals, the underlying growth trends are unmistakable-and the growth rate shows no signs of slackening. Reports of new projects in countries already active in wind energy are now numerous in these pages (just look at Spain), together with news of developments in new locations for wind power, such as Tasmania, parts of Africa and the northeastern United States.

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