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US wind installations in 2007 shatter global records

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An early tally of completed wind projects across the US during 2007 reveals that more than 5000 MW of new capacity was due to have come online by the end of last month, shattering all previous national records around the globe for annual wind power installations. The only other country yet to achieve more than 3000 MW in one year has been Germany, which clocked up 3247 MW back in 2002 at the height of its market growth. In the US, the 5144 MW reported by developers for 2007 is more than twice what they achieved in 2006, also a record year. If the tally holds good, it boosts the US total to 16,842 MW, up from 11,698 MW this time last year, a 44% increase. Only Germany, closing in on 22,000 MW, is still ahead of America in terms of total installed wind capacity. Among the US states, Texas led the way last year, adding 1443.5 MW. Other big hitters were Colorado, which added 774.25 MW, Minnesota with 530.6 MW, New York with 486.3 MW, Washington with 345.8 MW and Oregon with 322 MW. California, which only scraped together a few new megawatts of wind power in 2007, remains the second ranking state in terms of cumulative wind capacity thanks to its historic lead, but is now more than 1800 MW behind Texas. The new wind power was added by a number of companies, with the usual heavyweights heading the pack, such as FPL Energy, Spain's Iberdrola, and Portugal's EDP, via Horizon wind.

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