The growth rate of world wind power capacity holds steady at last year's level, with the traditional markets mainly making the running. Germany continues to power along out in front, adding about 150 MW every three months, with Denmark contributing some 60 MW. The Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and the UK are each running at about 10 MW a quarter. Both Greece and Portugal have rejoined the most active group of countries. In the US some 75 MW of new technology is up, consisting mainly of Enron Wind's Zond Z750 turbines at Lake Benton, Minnesota. This project is well on the way to reaching its 100 MW of contracted capacity. The US total for 1997 is reduced by 8 MW following confirmation of the non operational status of Hawaii's Westinghouse and MOD 5b turbines on the island of Oahu. A typhoon in India wiped out at least 100 turbines in Gujarat, but details are awaited and the devastation is not yet reflected in the table.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol