North China's Hebei Province has finished drawing up a program for a wind project of about 10 GW. According to the plan, Hebei will start by building 55 large scale wind farms next year with a combined capacity of 3 GW, on the way to 10 GW in 2020. The province made its first foray into wind power in 1996 and since 2003 has stepped up construction. In 2007, it received government permission to build the country's first 1 GW scale wind farms. Zhangjiakou City, in northern Hebei, is now the largest state level wind power base in China, with 22 projects under construction. According to provincial government official Zhao Weidong, Hebei had 14 wind farms with a combined capacity of 1.1 GW in operation by the end of 2008. Zhao says Hebei has a theoretical wind power reserve of 74 GW, of which 13 GW is easily exploitable.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol