The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has forecast that just under 40GW of wind power will be installed this year -- slightly less than in 2012.
One possible reason for the cautious outlook is that developments had come to a near halt in the US in the second quarter of the year, and very little wind power was installed during the first half of the year. On the other hand, at least two manufacturers, Vestas and Nordex, report a substantial jump (60-70%) in the volume of orders placed during the first half of the year, compared with 2012. Progress continues to be steady but unspectacular in Europe. The UK, Denmark and Sweden are forging ahead, but movement in Italy and Romania has slowed. Latin America has continued steadily adding capacity, particularly in Brazil. China, as usual, is rocketing ahead and has added more capacity than any other country