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2012 Annual Report

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Executive Summary and Key Conclusions: • The worldwide wind capacity reached 282’275 Megawatt, out of which 44’609 Megawatt were added in 2012, more than ever before. • Wind power showed a growth rate of 19,2 %, the lowest rate in more than a decade. • All wind turbines installed by the end of 2012 worldwide can provide 580 Terawatthours per annum, more than 3 % of the global electricity demand. • The wind sector in 2012 had a turnover of 60 billion Euro/75 billion USD. • Altogether, 100 countries and regions used wind power for electricity generation; Iceland has become the 100th country that is using wind power. • China and USA both installed around 13 Gigawatt of new wind turbines; USA added most of it in second half of the year in a rush to avoid the anticipated PTC expiration. [www.wwindea.org]

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