Wind farms record growth in 2012



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Paris - Wind farms added a record 44.7GW of electricity production last year, increasing capacity 19% to 282.5 gigawatts, the Global Wind Energy Council said on Monday.

The trade body said the United States had a record year, adding more than 13GW of wind capacity due to tax incentives, helping it nearly tie China where growth in the construction of wind turbines slowed.

"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," he added in a statement.