China to build 28GW of new capacity

CHINA: China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a plan to construct 28GW of new wind farms up to 2015.

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The plan is officially known as the third batch of wind power projects for the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015). It will take authorised wind power projects for the five-year period to 80GW, according to sources close to NEA.

NEA is the reshuffled energy administration in the country, created by merging the National Energy Bureau (NEB) with the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), to streamline the administrative and regulatory system of the energy sector at the just concluded National People's Congress session, China's legislature.

According to figures released by Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) on 13 March, China installed 12.96GW wind turbines in 2012, down 26.5% year on year. The CWEA figure includes both unconnected and curtailed wind farms.

Overall wind turbine installations reached 75.32GW. New installations declined for two years in a row.

From 2006 to 2009, China's wind turbine installations rose by over 100% each year, reaching a peak in 2010, with 18.94GW. In 2011, New installations dropped by 6.9% from the previous year, reaching 17.63GW.

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