No policy news at Beijing wind event

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The three-day Wind Power Asia 2007 Conference & Exhibition saw some 40,000 visitors through the doors of the China World Trade Center in Beijing in late June, while exhibitors numbered close to 180 in total, according to the organisers, Beijing Jipeng Information & Consultant Limited and Unique International Exhibition Limited. While the world's leading wind turbine suppliers, including Vestas, GE Energy and Suzlon rubbed shoulders with China's local heroes such as Goldwind and Sinovel, "there was a stronger presence of service firms and component suppliers," notes Jipeng project manager Hou Yuhan. "Companies in security, banking and insurance services were fresh to the occasion also." Despite the flood of top Chinese government officials to the event, there we no announcements of new policy during the event. Shi Lishan, who heads up the New Energy Division of the government's National Development and Reform Commission, acknowledged that wind project development is proceeding faster than expected, but said the government is sticking to its current wind targets of 5000 MW by the end of 2010 and 30,000 MW for 2020. China's installed wind capacity shot to 2600 MW by the end of 2006, with some 1330 MW of new plant added last year alone.

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