Friday, 24 May 2013

China boosts wind power output 41%, edges closer to 2015 target
9 Apr 2013

China, the world's biggest wind power market, posted a 41% surge in the production of electricity from wind in 2012, bringing the nation a step closer to meet its goal in three years. The country generated 100.8 billion kW-hours of wind power last year, compared with 71.5 billion kW-hours in 2011, the National Energy Administration said today in a statement on its website. Total grid-connected installed capacity increased 31% to 62.7 GWs from 47.9 GWs in 2011.

China said in August that it aims to install 100 GWs of grid-connected wind farms by 2015 and to generate 190 billion kW-hours of power. Wind energy has become the Asian nation's third-biggest energy resource, following coal and hydroelectric, and accounts for about 2% of total electricity, according to data from China's State Electricity Regulatory Commission.