The US and China shared equal honours as the largest markets for new wind energy capacity in 2012, according to the latest data released by the Global Wind Energy Council.
According to the GWEC, the US enjoyed a late surge in installations caused by the expiry of a production tax credit to reach 13,124MW of new wind energy capacity for the year, just shy of the 13,200MW installed in China.
Australia ranked 15th in installed wind energy capacity in 2012, adding 358MW, according to the GWEC data. Its total installed capacity stands at 2,584MW, giving it a rank of 17th in the world, behind 11 European countries, China, India, Japan, the US and Canada.
“While China paused for breath, both the US and European markets had exceptionally strong years”, said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council. “Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind”.