There are strong indications that wind power's rate of growth of is accelerating rapidly. Our Windicator table of total operating wind capacity worldwide (right) demonstrates that year-on-year growth has moved up from 25.5% in July to 27.5% this month. Total installed wind power capacity is now nearly 15,000 MW higher than this time last year. Since January 1, more than 7500 MW has been added, by far the greatest increase for any October Windicator. Last year, 4500 MW was logged for the same period. That was a record. The seasonal swings in the wind sector, which in the past meant most of the year's new capacity coming up in the last six months, are gradually being ironed out, but we remain confident of our forecast of a 25% growth rate for the year. That will put world wind capacity at around 75,000 MW.
The United States is the year's star performer. Since the last Windicator, its total wind capacity has broken through the 10,000 MW barrier, increasing by more than 1500 MW since the start of the year. Europe has added more than 4000 MW. As always, Germany and Spain are running neck and neck as the most active markets, both having added a bit more than 1000 MW. After them comes Britain, with nearly 600 MW of new capacity so far this year. Some big projects in Scotland weigh heavily on the scales. Portugal, the Netherlands and France all added more than 200 MW.
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