Global wind power capacity burst past 50 GW in the first half of the year. More than 3000 MW of new wind plant was added, three times the volume installed in the same period in 2004 and over 1500 MW more than installed in the first six months of any year. A record busting 2005 is on the cards, with hundreds of megawatt more being built. Vigorous activity so far this year in Spain, India, and Portugal and good performances by the US, the UK (now past 1000 MW), Italy and Canada more than took up the slack of the stagnating, though still significant, market in Germany and the standstill in Denmark. The US will vie with Spain as the biggest market this year, though neither is likely to beat Germany's 3250 MW in 2002. Australia will hit the 2005 map, too. China is heading for major league status, but not in time for this year.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol