China to target curtailment issues

CHINA: China is vowing to overcome its severe wind curtailment problems in the coming three years, a National Energy Bureau (NEB) official said on Wednesday at the opening of China Wind Power 2013.

Wang Jun, director of NEB’s new renewable-energy department, said: "We will push forward the reform of the energy management systems and work out specific solutions based on the research of the hardest-hit curtailed areas.

"This will include granting wind power priority access to the grid and a quota system for power generation from renewable energy sources."

According to the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), curtailment lost Chinese wind farms the opportunity to generate 21.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2012, meaning that wind farm owners lost out on revenues of CNY 10 billion ($1.64 billion).

"More ways to consume the wind power should be encouraged, for example, heating with wind power," said Shi Lishan, deputy director of NEB’s renewable energy department.

According to China’s latest plan for air pollution control (2013—2917) issued last month, by 2017 China will cut the country’s coal consumption to less than 65% of total energy use, and increase the share of non-fossil energy to 13%.