With policy support, China's wind industry growing exponentially

10:41, May 30, 2011      

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China's wind power output rose more than 60 percent to 18.8 billion kilowatt-hours in the first quarter of 2011, growing 30 percent to 50 percent faster than the output of thermal power, hydropower and nuclear power in the same period, according to information from the National Energy Administration.

Shi Lishan, director of the New and Renewable Energy Department of the National Energy Administration, said that the significant increase in the wind power output in the first quarter exemplifies China's flourishing wind power industry. The country's total installed wind power capacity doubled for five consecutive years since 2005.

The number increased by 16 million kilowatts to nearly 42 million kilowatts from 2005 to 2010, making China the largest wind power generator in the world. In addition, the installed capacity of China's grid-connected wind power plants amounted to 31 million kilowatts at the end of last year, Shi said

The construction of many 10-million-kilowatt wind power projects is well under way in Gansu's Jiuquan, eastern and western Inner Mongolia, northeastern provinces, Hebei Province, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Jiangsu Province and Shandong Province. The installed capacity of the two wind power bases in western Inner Mongolia and Jiuquan both exceeded 5 million kilowatts. The installed wind power capacity exceeded 2