Global Wind Power Capacity Increased 19 Percent in 2012



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Global wind installations should slow down in 2013, gathering strength for a push through 2017, says GWEC.

Wind power surged to a new record in 2012 with nearly 45 gigawatts (GW) of new installations, a 10 percent increase from 2011, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)'s Annual Market Update. Global installed capacity increased roughly 19 percent to 282.6 GW, which is slightly below the 22 percent average annual growth rate over the last 10 years.

The report, released earlier today, tracks about 79 countries, 24 of which have more than 1 GW installed (16 in Europe).