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China says 120 GW by 2020 possible

As much as 120,000 MW of wind power capacity could be installed in China by 2020 -- four times the current goal for 30,000 MW by the same year -- says the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Under current conditions, it says, 10,000 MW of wind capacity is likely by 2010 and up to 80,000 MW could be running by 2020. If policy is improved and correctly implemented, however, 120,000 MW by 2020 is achievable, it says. Such improvements would include increasing the terms and rates paid for electricity generated from wind plant to ensure a fair platform for all players, it says. NDRC also calls for intensified efforts for accurate assessment of wind resources, the fostering of wind talents, the establishment of a standard and certification centre for wind turbines, and establishment of wind research and development centres. By the end of last year, 2600 MW of wind capacity was installed in China, with some 2000 MW of new capacity expected to be added this year.

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