World to get fewer new wind turbines in 2013 -industry group

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The world will see a sharp drop in the number of new wind turbines installed this year after record growth in 2012, a report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said.

It predicted a strong recovery in 2014 but also cited risks to investment, chiefly policy uncertainty.

“Wind power may be variable, but the greatest threat to the continued stable growth of the industry is the variability and unpredictability of the politicians who set the frameworks for the energy sector,” Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General, said at the Brussels launch of the report.