Global wind capacity up 12.4% in 2013

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Global installed wind power capacity increased by 12.4 per cent to more than 318 gigawatts in 2013 led by China and Canada, industry figures showed on Wednesday.

Capacity rose from around 283 GW at the end of 2012, data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) showed.

However, installations slowed in 2013 to about 35.5 GW, almost 10 GW less than a year earlier mostly on a drop in the United States.

“Outside of Europe and the US, the global market grew modestly last year, led by China and an exceptionally strong year in Canada,” GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer said in a statement.