China wind power capacity jumps to record high

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A Vestas wind turbine. Image credit: Vestas

China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

The National Energy Administration said Thursday that produced 153.4 billion kilowatt hours of in 2014, making up 2.8 percent of total generated electricity.

Last year's installed represented a 23 percent jump from the 2013 level of 16.09 million kilowatts.

China still produces about 80 percent of its total energy and about 60 percent of electricity by burning coal.

In November, the government pledged to produce 20 percent of the country's total energy through non-fossil fuels by 2030, doubling its current level, while capping growth in its carbon emissions by the same year, it not earlier.

Already, China is a world leader in solar and wind energy production and has announced plans to further boost renewable energy investment. At the same time, China burns about half of the world's coal and emits twice as much carbon as the United States, the second biggest emitting country.


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Feb 13, 2015
Does anyone know why investing a trillion into getting hot fusion out as quickly as possible isn't something I'm reading about? Are the bottlenecks so hard to overcome that spending on research is not done? It seems like the perfect energy source?

Feb 13, 2015
Spending a Trillion on Solar would be far more intelligent, as techniques for Fusion are perfected. The Argone National Laboratory holds the worlds most feasible fusion testing bed, and there is no way is it economically feasible on a large scale.

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Feb 17, 2015
Does anyone know why investing a trillion into getting hot fusion out as quickly as possible isn't something I'm reading about? Are the bottlenecks so hard to overcome that spending on research is not done? It seems like the perfect energy source?

Because China doesn't have the know how to research that technology probably. I don't think they even bothered chasing fairy tales, and because China needs an in-house energy supply on the spot. And by the time the West will achieve smth with fusion they can easily steal it.
From their point of view investing trillions in China creates jobs in China, also they have practically the whole infrastructure to build wind and solar and even some key rare minerals.
You may say that solar and wind are more expensive than fossils. But you have to consider that they are more expensive in terms of dollars/euros on the free market and China has the yuan, which it can be always undervalued so that 1MWh of solar in yuan (china) < 1MWh in $.

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