Global wind energy capacity increased to 282.5 GW in 2012

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The global installed capacity of wind power has now reached 282.5 gigawatts, found the latest annual market report of Global Wind Energy Council.

This year’s installed capacity of wind is a cumulative increase of almost 19 percent compared to 2011.

New global installations of wind power reached 44.8 gigawatts in 2012, a 10 percent increase from the new installations recorded in 2011.

Record installations in the United States were noted by the wind association, with the Western country once again regaining the number 1 spot for global markets. This is the first time the U.S. has managed to do that since relinquish the spot to China in 2009.