Wind turbines could generate enough electricity by 2020 to power the southern city of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, known as China's economic power house, according to a Greenpeace report.
Tuesday's China Daily said that the Greenpeace-commissioned report was carried out by Britain-based wind power consultancy company Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd. in cooperation with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.
The report said that by 2020, winds breezing through the province could be utilized in generating 35,000 gigawatt hours of electricity, or 17 percent of the province's total 2003 power consumption.
With a long coastline and numerous islands, Guangdong could match Germany in the natural condition for wind power generation, said Gao Hui, China project manager for Garrad Hassan.
The province, which contributes one-ten of China's economic volume, is expected to see its power consumption grow by 15 percent this year. The power supply is foreseeable to fall short of demand by 2007.
Wind power generation would not only help fill the supply-demand gap, but also reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the province, which achieved a 12.6 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the first half year.
Guangdong ranks fourth among Chinese provinces in installed wind power capacity. It had a total capacity of 86 megawatts, generated by three wind farms comprising a total 179 turbines at the end of last year. The province has drafted its own target of 3,000 megawatts by 2020.