China's installed capacity could hit '300GW by 2020'

CHINA: China's installed wind capacity could reach 300GW by 2020, a study has predicted.

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The report by environmental body Greenpeace, the global industry body GWEC and Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) said this could grow to over 400GW by 2030, accounting for 8.4% of China's total electricity generation.

"If everything goes well, within one generation wind power has the potential to become a prominent player in China's energy portfolio," said Li Junfeng, secretary general of CREIA. "It will take on a key role in saving China from the current water crisis, air pollution issues and massive greenhouse gas emissions caused by a reliance on coal."

The report said China's wind power capacity would increase by 15-18GW this year. Last year the country installed over 17GW of new capacity, accounting for 43% of the global total.

Li Yan, head of Greenpeace East Asia's climate and energy campaign, said the biggest hurdle to the development of wind power in China was poor grid connectivity.

"An effective mechanism must be in place to clearly identify the grid's responsibilities and effectively minimise curtailment of wind-generated electricity," added Li Junfeng.

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