China's wind power capacity to grow five-fold by 2020

Oct 13, 2010
Workers unload equipment at a wind farm on the outskirts of Beijing in 1007. China's wind power capacity will increase more than five-fold over the next decade from 2009, the China Wind Power Outlook report has forecast.

China's wind power capacity will increase more than five-fold over the next decade from 2009, a report forecast on Wednesday, as the country steps up its drive to develop clean energy.

Total installed capacity will reach at least 150 gigawatts by 2020 compared with 25.8 gigawatts at the end of 2009, according to the China Wind Power Outlook 2010 report.

A more ambitious forecast by the publishers of the report -- Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) -- is 230 gigawatts over the next 10 years.

That would be equal to 13 times the capacity of the Three Gorges Dam and could cut 410 million tonnes of , or 150 million tonnes of coal consumption, said Yang Ailun of Greenpeace China.

In a more optimistic forecast, GWEC itself predicts China's wind power capacity could reach 253 gigawatts by 2020.

"China is at a crossroads," said Yang, head of the Climate and Energy Team of Greenpeace.

"It can choose between the dirty, dangerous world of coal and fossil fuels, or the new, clean future promised by wind. The answer is obvious."

China now depends on coal for nearly 70 percent of its energy consumption.

Experts see the growth of the wind power industry in China as a bright spot in the country's efforts to curb growth in its world-leading .

China, which ranked second in the world in installed wind generating capacity in 2009, pledged last year to slow the growth in those emissions by reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

That is essentially a vow of greater efficiency that would likely, however, see emissions continue to increase.

Officials have so far rejected suggestions that Beijing commit to emissions cuts and outside verification.

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Justsayin
3 / 5 (2) Oct 17, 2010
China is building one new coal fired power plant on average every week. Source...

http://www.techno...y/18069/

but yet reading this article the leftist groups(Greenpeace) heap praise on China like they are as pure as the wind driven snow. Fits the template which is communist China good.
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (1) Oct 21, 2010
America is dying from it's own ignorance and it's it's massive corruption.

This is a very good thing for the world.
Noumenon
5 / 5 (44) Oct 21, 2010
"China is at a crossroads," said Yang, head of the Climate and Energy Team of Greenpeace.

"It can choose between the dirty, dangerous world of coal and fossil fuels, or the new, clean future promised by wind. The answer is obvious."


Ridiculous overblown statement given the growth of the Chinese economy.