China aims to install no less than 200GW of wind capacity by the end of 2020, with wind power accounting for 5% of its total electricity consumption. The government is working hard to deal with wind curtailment in order to achieve the goal, said Zhu Ming. Hopefully, the problem will be 'basically solved' by the end of 2015, he said.
However, this last remark might be too optimistic, said Shi Pengfei, a veteran wind expert and honorary president of China Wind Energy Association (CWEA).
Grid connected wind capacity reached 83GW by the end of August, Zhu Ming revealed, and is expected to reach 100GW by the end of 2014, he added.
Zhu Ming was speaking at the opening day of China Wind Power 2014 in Beijing. He has recently been appointed to the role of deputy director of the New and Renewable Energy department of China's National Energy Association, alongside the existing deputy director Shi Lishan. The post of director is vacant.
This year's annual Chinese wind event, called Harmonising the Supply Chain & Win-Win for Wind, has attracted about 500 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 1,000 delegates from around the world.
Among the exhibitors are the world's two leading manufacturers Vestas and Goldwind, and stands representing European countries. Many major global wind players have some presence, be it as exhibitor, conference speaker or visitor.
A lifetime achievement award was presented to retired CWEA president He Dexing for his contribution to the country’s wind sector development. The award was presented on behalf of the exhibition sponsors — CWEA, GWEC, NREC and Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.
The opening session was delayed about forty minutes because of extra tight security, in anticipation of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting, which is being held in Beijing in early November.