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New installations this half year are modest at a little over 1300 MW, compared with 6765 MW for the whole of 2001. All but about 200 MW of the new capacity is provided by Germany and Spain, with the remainder coming from increments of under 50 MW from a handful of European countries and the American continent. The first half of any year, however, is traditionally slow in the wind industry, compounded this year by the late extension of the US federal production tax credit. The underlying growth remains strong. Up to 2000 MW and more is planned in the US for installation before the end of next year and the pages of Windpower Monthly are littered with news of turbine orders. Japan alone is tendering for 230 MW. German installations are speeding up after a slow start, although 2002 is expected to mark Germany's peak year for annual market growth. Literally hundreds of megawatt are going up in Spain as the wind development plans of the country's various regions are carried out. Progress in India -- in fifth position in the international league table for wind capacity -- remains steady, as it does in Italy, in sixth place.

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