Wind boom since 1992

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Wind energy supplied 0.4% of Germany's electricity in 1996, increasing its share from 0.06% in 1992, reports utility association VDEW. Of the 466 TWh used, wind supplied just over 2 TWh. In 1992, total demand was 446 TWh and wind supplied just 0.275 TWh. Despite the growth, VDEW is mildly disappointed. Low wind and water levels last year resulted in lower overall renewables generation than in 1995. Still, the number of renewable energy generating units increased 37% to 15,500, and their rated capacity increased 18% to 7040 MW. VDEW expects an additional 4400 MW of renewable capacity on the grid by the year 2005 -- a higher forecast than its 1995 prediction of 3000 MW. The figure has been raised "mainly due to the wind boom," says VDEW director Joachim Grawe.

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