Provincial government can advance Chinese wind power development

CHINA: Provincial governments in China hold the key to grand scale wind power development and should be offered incentives so they benefit from wind farms in their jurisdictions, says Fang Zheng, general manager of China Huadian New Energy Development Co, one of China's major wind developers.

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Renewable energy is a young industry. It is necessary to attract interest from all sorts of different players, also local people, he says.

He adds: "We need their active participation in the loop. We have to channel the economic and resource advantages."

Fang advocates a local tax on wind farms, with the proceeds flowing to local government so it benefits from supporting wind power in its area and arnings on sales of kilowatt hours be retained by local government "so they are involved in the whole process."

Benefits should also accrue to the grid companies so they will be encouraged to invest in new grid lines for wind power.

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