Europe’s installed wind capacity up 12 GW to 109 GW in 2012: GWEC

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Europe installed 12.4 GW of wind capacity in 2012, bringing total capacity across the continent to 109 GW at the end of last year, up 12% on the end of 2011, the Global Wind Energy Council said Monday.

“European markets, led by Germany and the UK, with surprising contributions from ’emerging markets’ in Sweden, Romania, Italy and Poland, accounted for 12.4 GW last year, a new record,” GWEC said in its 2012 market statistics report.

“However, ongoing sovereign debt crises mean that the outlook for the 2013 market is uncertain, although Europe’s framework legislation and its 2020 targets ensure a degree of stability,” it added.

The 27 EU countries together installed 11.6 GW wind capacity in 2012, bringing the total at end-2012 to 105.7 GW, also up 12% on end-2011.