China extends wind capacity by over 3GW in 2010

CHINA: In the first half of 2010, China added 3.3GW wind power installed capacity, according to the China Electricity Council.

The increase takes China’s total wind power installed capacity to 21.75GW by the end of June, year on year an 82.2percent rise.

Comparatively, China saw an increase of 24.21GW for thermal power and 6.15GW for hydropower over the same period.

China’s businesses invested 28.5 billion yuan to construct wind farms, compared with CNY50billion for thermal power plants, CNY29.5billion for hydropower plants, and CNY25.8billion for nuclear power plants.

By the end of 2009, China had 17.6GW wind power installed capacity that was connected to power grid. This is a rise of 109.82percent over the end of 2008.

In 2009, China’s wind power generation increased 111.1percent over 2008. It accounted for 0.75 percent of the total power generation in the country, which was 3,681,200,000,000 kWh in 2009. In contrast, thermal power accounted for 81.81 percent, hydropower power 15.53 percent, and nuclear power 1.9 percent.

Rises in other forms of energy generation over the last six months:

  • China’s thermal power installed capacity was 665.33GW, up 9.3percent.
  • Hydropower installed capacity was 172.48GW, up 15.3percent.
  • Nuclear power installed capacity was 9.08GW, on a level with the previous year.  

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