China, US lead global wind energy installations in 2012: 44,711 MW was installed during the year

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The US and China shared equal honours as the largest markets for new wind energy capacity in 2012, according to the latest data released by the Global Wind Energy Council.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the US enjoyed a late surge in installations caused by the expiry of a production tax credit (PTC) to reach 13,124MW of new wind energy capacity for the year, just shy of the 13,200MW installed in China.