Global wind industry sees 10% expansion in 2012

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The global wind energy market grew by ten per cent in 2012, with a capacity increase of 19 per cent, according to figures published by the Global Wind Energy Council.

The US saw more than 8GW of turbines installed in the last quarter of the year, as developers rushed to get projects completed before the expiration of the Production Tax Credit.

There was more than 13GW of new wind capacity added in the US throughout 2012.

Europe accounted for 12.4GW, a record year led by Germany and the UK, with larger than expected activity in Sweden, Romania, Italy and Poland.