China reveals wind industry shakeup

CHINA: China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has announced plans to introduce new regulations for the wind industry.

All turbines will have to be certified from 2015
All turbines will have to be certified from 2015

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The government's energy body has released a document stipulating market access requirements of wind products, as well as the role the government will play in the wind sector.

From 1 July 2015, all grid connected wind projects must use wind turbines and key components, such as blade, gearbox, generator, transformer, control system and bearings, that have been type-certified by the government-approved institutions.

The use of uncertified components will bar developers from taking part in tenders. To facilitate this, the NEA said a nationwide wind equipment quality assessment system will be established.

Under the new rules, developers will also be discouraged from owning, or part-owning turbine manufacturers.

In an effort to ensure the fairness of bidding processes, local government interference in the process will be prohibited. They will also be forbidden from restricting or excluding companies from participating.

"The notice has translated the guiding principles scattered among earlier government documents into specific measures and mechanisms. They are highly operable," the China Wind Energy Association commented.

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