China 35% of global wind market in 2012

China led the world in wind power capacity installations for the fourth consecutive year, beating the US in spite of its own record year. Wind is now ahead of gas and nuclear as a source of power in the country and on track to beat government targets.

China was the world’s largest wind market in 2012 in terms of annual installed capacity, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The country installed 15.9GW of onshore turbines, or more than one-third of all new capacity worldwide.  2012 was the fourth successive year China led the field since overtaking the US in 2009. The US, which had record installations of 13.2GW last year, still installed 14% fewer turbines than China. 


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