Wind installations fall 14%



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Global wind installations dropped 14% to 54.6GW last year due to slower growth in China, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Chinese additions dipped to 23.3GW from 30GW due to impending feed-in tariff reductions, while installations in Europe and North America remained stable.

This contributed to annual global installations missing the record of 63.6GW achieved in 2015.

GWEC said cumulative wind capacity reached almost 487GW driven by China, the US, Germany and India. The US added about 8.2GW, Germany 5.4GW and India 3.6GW.

Offshore wind capacity reached almost 14.4GW after about 2.2GW were added during the year.

“The industry is in pretty good shape, with new markets emerging across Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the traditional markets in China, the US and Germany continuing to perform well,” Secretary General Steve Sawyer said. “We look forward to a strong 2017.”