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International Rankings of Wind Power Capacity
"The United States Continued to Lead the World in Cumulative Wind Power Capacity, but Was Overtaken by China in Annual Additions
On a worldwide basis, more than 38,000 MW of wind power capacity was added in 2009, the highest volume achieved in a single year, and up from about 28,000 MW in 2008, bringing the cumulative total to approximately 160,000 MW (Table 1). In terms of cumulative installed wind power capacity, the United States ended the year with 22% of total worldwide capacity, and is the leading market in the world by this metric (Table 1 and Figure 3). Over the past 10 years, cumulative wind power capacity has grown an average of 30% per year in the United States, slightly higher than the 28% growth rate in worldwide capacity.
After four years of leading the world in annual wind power capacity additions, the U.S. dropped to second place in 2009 (Table 1), capturing roughly 26% of the worldwide market (behind China’s 36% market share7), down from 29% in 2008 and 27% in 2007 (Figure 3). Spain, Germany, and India rounded out the top five countries in 2009 for annual capacity additions."
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