The global financial downturn in 2008 failed to dent the expansion of wind energy, which grew from 73.6 gigawatts in 2006 to 280.6 GW in 2012, according to a new report from GlobalData. U.S.-based GE Energy was the biggest turbine supplier in 2012, GlobalData said, accounting for 15.2% of the land-based wind market, followed by Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, and Germany's Enercon and Spain's Gamesa. China was the biggest wind market in 2012, followed by the U.S., because of a lack of long-term policies, the report showed.

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