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Germany installed at least 200 MW less in the first half of 2003 than it did in the same period last year. Other markets are picking up the slack, but only just. Wind's spectacular growth rates of 30% in recent years are likely to come down to around 20% this year, with the US making a contribution of at least 1000 MW before year-end -- and possibly much more. Despite the German slow-down, it remains by far the strongest wind market. India picked up speed, with a rush just before the end of its fiscal year last month. Otherwise it is Spain and, more surprisingly, the Netherlands, which have installed most so far in 2003, with France and Britain just registering on the scales, but with under 50 MW each.

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