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China's 2011 wind investment drops by 25%

CHINA: China invested CNY 82.9 billion in wind energy over 2011, a fall of 25% on 2010's figure.

China's needs to improve grid access for wind
China's needs to improve grid access for wind

The figures were revealed by the country's National Energy Bureau (NEB). By the end of 2011, China had 47GW wind turbines connected to the grid, up 51.6% from the 31GW capacity in 2010.

Qin Haiyan, secretary general of the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA), estimated China’s newly added wind-power installed capacity was 20.66GW in 2011, posting a higher growth compared to that in 2010.

It took China's total installed capacity at the end of 2011 to 65GW. Qin said this was a preliminary figure and will be modified at a later date.

It is estimated that China generated 89.4 billion kWh wind power in 2011, up 78% compared to the 50.1 billion kWh in 2010. It accounted for 0.5% of China’s total energy consumption.

The increase in wind-power generation showed a slowdown in growth compared to the 81.4% year-on-year increase in 2010, said Shi Lishan, deputy director of the new and renewable energy department of NEB.

Industry experts believe China, in the course of controlling the wind-turbine installation rate, must exert greater efforts to solve grid-access problems. China has recently issued the second batch of wind-power projects for 2011-2015, totalling 15-18GW, said Liu Tienan, minister of NEB.

The first batch of wind-power projects is 25.83GW for 2011-2015, announced in August 2011. NEB said it would not approve any wind-power projects that are not listed among these.

Shi said the NEB is considering expanding the power grid network further.

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