Spain and Germany are still racing neck and neck to win the accolade of the most active national wind market, both installing about 700 MW so far. The UK comes into third place, installing about half that achieved by the top two. Five other European countries added more than 100 MW. Overall, Europe's total was boosted by nearly 2700 MW in the first six months of the year. The dozing giant of 2006, however, is the United States. So far it has connected less than 500 MW of the 3000 MW projected for the year. India put on its usual spurt at the end of its fiscal year. The more than 5000 MW now installed represents a nearly 50% growth rate over the past 12 months.
Over 4000 MW of wind capacity has been added to the global total in 2006 -- the highest increment yet seen for the first six months of any year. World wind capacity is now 25% greater than at this time last year, a growth rate that has been steady over five successive quarters. If the trend continues 75,000 MW of wind power generating capacity will be online worldwide by the end of the year.