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Global wind power generation registers 20% growth in 2012

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 February 2013

Global wind power generation expanded 20% in 2012 to total 282GW of installed capacity, with the US and Chinese markets leading the way.

According to a report compiled by the Global Wind Energy Council, the two countries installed 13GW each of wind power generating assets in the year while Germany, India and UK stood second in line with 2GW installations apiece.

Growth in the US accelerated during the year while that in China and India tapered off comparatively.

"Both the Chinese and Indian markets slowed somewhat in 2012, with their annual installations coming in at 13.2 and 2.3 GW respectively. Market consolidation and rationalisation in China, and a lapse in policy in India were the main reasons, but these conditions are expected to be short-lived, and Asian dominance of global wind markets is expected to continue," said the report.

Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer noted that the US and European markets have had an exceptionally strong year in terms of wind power generation.

The European market was led by Germany and the UK with notable contributions from Sweden, Romania, Italy and Poland; the region also led the way in offshore wind installations with 1,166 MW capacity accrued in 2012.

Africa, meanwhile, continued its subdued trend with only one 50 MW project completed in Tunisia, while a 52 MW project in Ethiopia also became operational.