Celebrating year end installation record

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Germany installed 1668 MW of new wind power plant in 2000, made up of 1496 turbines, reports the Bundesverband Windenergie, the national wind association. This was 100 MW more than last year and brings Germany's total wind generation to 6113 MW, by far the record for any single country. The United States has about 2570 MW. Germany's 9375 machines will generate 11.5 TWh in a normal wind year, equivalent to about 2.5% of national electricity consumption. Assuming that wind's rate of growth in Germany continues, it will be saving 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2005, about one fourth the German government's target for CO2 reductions by that time.

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