China supplants U.S. as country with most installed wind-power
Feb 13, 2011 - energycentral.com
China installed 16GW of new wind-power capacity in 2010, a 62 percent year-on-year
growth rate, taking its total installed capacity to 41.8GW, Li Junfeng, secretary
general of Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), said at
the association's annual New Year meeting in Beijing.
The U.S. installed about 5GW of new wind-power capacity in 2010, taking its
total installed capacity to 40.2GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council
US investors' confidence in the renewable energy sector suffered because the
US failed to enact binding climate change-limiting legislation.
The wind-power capacity installed in China in 2010 will save 31.3 million
metric tonnes of coal per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than
90 million tonnes, suspended particles by nearly 33,000 tonnes, sulfur dioxide
by 64,000 tonnes and nitric oxide by 60,000 tonnes.
China's wind power industry has developed by leaps and bounds in recent years,
boosted by the promulgation of the Renewable Energy Law in Feb. 2005.
China's cumulative installed wind-power capacity increased by more than 100
percent for five consecutive years.
China will increase cumulative grid-connected installed wind-power capacity
to 55GW this year and increase cumulative installed wind-power capacity to
100GW by 2015. By 2020, it plans to have 200GW of installed capacity.
This year, China will start building the second-stage the 5GW wind-power project
in Jiuquan in northwest China's Gansu Province; the 2GW wind power project
in Hami in northwest China's Xinjiang; the 2GW wind power project in Kailu
in north China's Inner Mongolia; and the 1.5GW wind power project in Tongyu
in northeast China's Jilin Province.
China will also kick off the building of a 1GW offshore wind-power project
in east China's Jiangsu Province. It will accelerate offshore wind-power projects
in the eastern coastal provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang and Fujian. It
will also speed up development of the second-stage of Shanghai's East Sea Bridge
offshore wind farm.
The State Council, China's cabinet, is considering a 5-trillion-yuan (758
billion US dollars) emerging energy industrial development plan. If approved,
some 1.5 trillion yuan (227 billion US dollars) of investment will flow into
the wind-power sector.