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Wind power capacity additions this year already amount to well over 900 MW. Europe, now with over 4000 MW of wind, is still the place where it is happening: Germany storms along at the head of the pack, adding 124 MW during the past quarter, nearly double that achieved by Denmark; Spain has leapfrogged both the Netherlands and the UK and occupies third position in our European league table. In Asia, China is busy taking over where India left off and is in the process of adding 50 MW to last year's total. Installation activity in the US amounted to the commissioning of 6 MW in Vermont, two projects in California (8.5 MW), one turbine in Iowa, and 550 kW of smaller units -- a grand total of 15 MW. But with known decommissioning of plants in California adding up to at least 3.5 MW, the net increase in capacity is closer to 11 MW.

NB Unlike statistics distributed by the US Department of Energy and its clients, Windpower Monthly estimates for the US are based on data from the California Energy Commission, manufacturers and operators. The DOE bases its data on filings by California's utilities with the Federal Energy Commission, which we do not consider to be as accurate.

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