German wind installations continue to boom. Between January and September, 890 new turbines making up 987.1 MW of generating capacity were erected, nearly 50 MW more than in the same period last year, reports the German wind energy association, Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). This brought the total to 8750 turbines with a rated capacity of 5430 MW, representing a growth of 22.2% so far this year. By the end of the year, BWE says turbine numbers will top 9000, with about 6000 MW of wind capacity capable of generating 2% of Germany's electricity use in an average wind year. BWE's Peter Ahmels expects the planned European directive for electricity from renewable energies to provide a further boost. "The directive will in particular back minimum price arrangements like Germany's renewable energy law," he says.
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