According to BWE, 1,668 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity were installed in 2000, taking total capacity to 6,113 MW from 9,375 turbines. The industry produced around 11.5bn kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, meeting 2.5% of national needs. BWE calculates that this saved 7m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2000. It predicts that with further constant growth in the sector, 20m tonnes of emissions could be avoided by 2005, one-quarter of the national target.
BWE chairman Peter Ahmels said: "This new record year shows how important it was for [Germany] to agree the new renewable energy law". He continued: "The ECJ advocate general made it clear last October that a minimum price regulation like Germany's feed-in law did not represent state aid" (ENDS Daily 27 October 2000). "If the court follows this opinion, other European countries can follow the German model without any reservations".
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