Wind farms blow past record in 2012



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Last year, wind farms added 44.7 gigawatts of electricity production worldwide — the largest single-year global wind capacity addition ever — and annual market growth was up 10 percent, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

China and the United States led the way, in a virtual tie, as China added 13.2 gigawatts and the U.S. added 13.1 gigawatts, as China’s wind market slowed and U.S. industry added 8 GW as a key tax credit was due to expire at the end of 2012 (it was extended, however, at the last minute).