National wind stats show strong growth for wind power

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Portugal's installed wind capacity stood at 2170 MW from 1169 turbines distributed across 155 wind farms at the end of February, reports the country's General Directorate for Energy and Geology (DGEG). Almost half of the total comes from plants of 25 MW or less. The district of Viseu tops the table for capacity, with 405 MW, followed by C.Branco (321 MW), Coimbra (273 MW), Lisbon (193 MW), and V. Real (169 MW). Santarém reached the 150 MW mark, closely followed by Leiria (149 MW) and Braga (121 MW). By the end of this year, the DGEG expects Portugal's installed wind capacity to reach 2800 MW. A total of 3378 MW of licensed wind projects are in the pipeline for development. The DGEG also reports that wind energy production during the first two months of this year was up 39% on the same period in 2007.

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