Despite economic woes, wind industry powered ahead in 2012

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Once again, a moribund global economy defined the year as politicians around the world tried to get ahead of the stubborn financial and debt crisis.

And yet, for the European wind industry, 2012 included a signature achievement when, in late September, it was announced that the EU had passed the milestone of 100 gigawatt (GW) of installed wind power capacity. This can generate enough electricity over a year to meet the total consumption of 57 million households, equivalent to the power production of 39 nuclear power plants.