Turbine industry revenues up 22%

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Sales of German produced wind turbines and components totalled EUR 6 billion in 2006, up 22% on the previous year's EUR 4.9 billion. Exports accounted for 61% of sales, worth around EUR 3.6 billion, says German wind energy association Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). It expects sales to increase 10% to EUR 6.7 billion in 2007, with exports accounting for 70% of total sales. In Germany, BWE predicts that around 2000 MW of new wind capacity will be installed this year, after 2230 MW in 2006 and 1808 MW in 2005. The figure is well down, however, on the record 3247 MW in 2002. As a review of Germany's renewable energy law gets underway, pending an amendment at the end of the year, BWE's outgoing president Peter Ahmels called for more incentives to encourage repowering of old wind farms in Germany to ensure market continuity into the future. A stable home market is vital to ensure turbine manufacture and wind sector employment stays in Germany, he says -- around 74,000 people were employed in the German wind sector in 2006, up from 66,000 in 2005. Hans Albers, BWE's vice president for the last eight years, is taking over from Ahmels as the association's president.

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