The United States fell behind China in the development of wind power, as new wind power added in the United States fell sharply last year from 2009, the industry's trade group said on Thursday.

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A total of 5,116 megawatts of wind power was built in 2010, about half the level the industry added in 2009, as weak electricity prices and the global economic slowdown weighed on the industry, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

That dropped the United States behind China in total installed capacity, as China added 18,900 MW to become the global leader with nearly 45,000 MW of installed capacity.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – – The United States fell behind China in the development of wind power, as new wind power added in the United States fell sharply last year from 2009, the industry’s trade group said on Thursday.

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