Report recommends commercial wind market

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A more rational policy environment to ease the transition "from non-market support to market incentives" and to ensure that "power utilities, such as the State Power Corporation, do not abuse their market monopoly," is being recommended in a working paper on wind power commercialisation in China. Entitled "From Non-Market Support to Cost-Competitive Incentive: Wind Energy Commercialisation in China," the report is published by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), a Norwegian think tank. CICERO notes that China's forthcoming Industrial Plan for Renewable Energy by the State Economic and Trade Commission will identify wind power as one of the main technologies "to bring China a cleaner and sustainable energy development." Recommended measures include tax and investment incentives, subsidies and preferential price regulation; support for R&D in wind generation technology and localisation of wind turbine production; the establishment of wind development funds, and "national quality control, monitoring and supervisory centres for wind turbine development." China's exploitable wind energy reserve is 253 GW, states the report. "By the end of 1998, the total installed capacity of wind turbines in large scale wind farms reached 223.6 MW with a total of 532 installed units."

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