China regions fast track growth

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Installed wind capacity in China will increase from around 2300 MW at the end of 2006 to around 7000 MW by 2010 if plans for a combined total of 4570 MW recently revealed by just five of the country's regional authorities come to fruition. Already the industry is speculating that China's government will increase its current wind goal for 2010 from 5000 MW to 8000 MW.

Xilinguole, in Inner Mongolia, is likely to be the first region in the country to hit the 1000 MW installed capacity mark, according to a Xinhua news agency report in December. More than 2000 MW of wind plant is planned for the region, with 1270 MW of that already approved by the central and provincial governments and due for installation and commissioning within three to four years. The region's authorities say they expect to reach 1000 MW as early as 2008. The bulk of the approved capacity, 1120 MW, will go up in the Huitengliang area, which alone can accommodate around 2500 MW of wind plant according to industry sources.

In Baicheng, located in northeast China's Jilin Province, where there are currently four wind plants totalling just 100 MW, authorities are targeting 1200 MW of wind plant within the next five years. Already at least four new plants are planned for Baicheng, with construction due to be completed in three years.

In east China's Jiangsu Province, wind projects currently planned or approved total 700 MW, but the provincial government hopes to see 1000 MW developed by 2010. All the developments currently planned are large state concession projects. These are the 100 MW Rudong phase-1, 200 MW Rudong phase-2, 200 MW Dongtai phase-1 and 200 MW Dafeng wind farms. Also in east China, Fujian Province wants to increase its wind capacity from just 59 MW at the end of 2005 to at least 600 MW by 2010, accounting for 2% of the region's power capacity. The government hopes to build six wind farms in the next four years, it says, with sites chosen at Liu'ao, Dongshan'ao, Chongwu, Jiangtian, Gulei and Meiling. Meanwhile, Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality has released its wind energy resources assessment report and says it wants 20 wind plants totalling at least 500 MW built in five years.

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