China posts 95-per cent growth in
wind power generation
Feb 8, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
China made remarkable progress in wind power development
in 2007 and the industry will expect further regulatory
boost in the coming years.
China Electricity Council, an industry association,
said the wind power sector generated electricity of
5.6 billion kilowatt hours last year, a growth of
95.2 per cent over the previous year. The growth rate
was 22 percentage points higher than the year before.
According to Zhang Guobao, deputy head of the National
Development and Reform Commission, the top economic
planning agency has taken a string of measures to
support the exploration of wind power. Included were
conducting survey of wind resources, organizing biddings
for franchise of large wind power projects, and promoting
localization of domestically produced wind power equipment.
All these policies have paid off, Zhuang said.
In future years, the government may deregulate the
approval of wind power projects, he added
China had wind power facilities with a combined installed
capacity of 6.05 million kw at the end of 2007, increasing
from 2.67 million kw a year earlier. It has achieved
the goal set for the 2010 three years ahead of schedule.
Wind power projects that are being built involve
a combined installed capacity of 4.2 million kw, Zhang
Now China ranks the fifth in the world in terms of
wind power installed capacity, still far behind Germany,
which is the top wind power producer with a total
installed capacity of 20.62 million kw. China plans
to increase its wind power equipment to a combined
installed capacity of 10 million kw by 2015, and to
30 million kw by 2020.
In a related development, China had electricity
generating equipment with a total installed capacity
of 713 million kw at the end of 2007, and the year
saw the country generate 3.26 trillion kwh of electricity.
Source: Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0719
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