GWEC, February 19, 2008
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in Brussels informs that in the USA wind turbines with a total rated power of 5,244 megawatts have been installed in the past year. This is twice as much as in 2006. According to the wind energy association, the USA are likely to outstrip Germany as world leader in wind energy by the end of 2009.
With an installed capacity of 22.3 gigawatts, Germany used to rank first on the list of wind energy suppliers in 2007. It was followed by the USA with a registered increase in capacity of 45% to 16.8 gigawatts, preceding Spain (15.1 GW) and India (8 GW) as well as China (6.1 GW). The wind turbines newly erected in 2007 correspond to a value of EUR 25 billion. Taking this into account, the worldwide installed capacity rises to 94.1 gigawatts.
Since 2006, REpower has been acting on the booming US market. Its local subsidiary was founded in Portland/Oregon last year. In the U.S. alone, the company has concluded contracts for more than 200 wind energy turbines with a total capacity of 400 MW. Moreover, REpower and EDF Energies Nouvelles agreed upon an intercontinental framework agreement on the delivery of wind turbines with a total rated power of up to 690 megawatts for European and American projects.