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

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.

The report forecast annual installations for 2013 will drop by more than 11 percent to just under 40 gigawatts and then recover sharply in 2014 and beyond, with global capacity growing at an average rate of more than 11 percent from 2014 and 2017.

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