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Published on June 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


China Wind Power Blowing Up in 2011 (as Expected)

June 1st, 2011 by  

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China’s wind power industry is expected to grow to mammoth proportions and already leads the world (in total installed capacity, not per GDP or per capita wind power capacity). In line with its growth projections, installed wind power has grown significantly in 2011 so far and is outpacing the growth of other competing energy sources in China. People’s Daily Online writes:

“China’s wind power output rose more than 60 percent to 18.8 billion kilowatt-hours in the first quarter of 2011, growing 30 percent to 50 percent faster than the output of thermal power, hydropower and nuclear power in the same period, according to information from the National Energy Administration.”

China’s total installed wind power capacity has doubled every year since 2005. Last year, it added 18,928 MW of wind power capacity. The country with the next most added was the U.S. with 5,115 MW added. In total, China has 44,733 MW installed, while the U.S. (2nd again) has 40,180 MW installed.

Furthermore, China has a number of 10,000-MW (10-million-kilowatt) wind projects planned and under construction.

“The construction of many 10-million-kilowatt wind power projects is well under way in Gansu’s Jiuquan, eastern and western Inner Mongolia, northeastern provinces, Hebei Province, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Jiangsu Province and Shandong Province.”

Of course, it is China’s strong governmental support for wind power, and especially home-grown wind power technology, that has boosted this industry in recent years (and will continue doing so for many years to come).

For much more on China wind power, check out the People’s Daily Online story: With policy support, China’s wind industry growing exponentially.

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  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Yes. China occupies top position in Wind Energy Installations followed by US,Germany,Spain,India .

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    Wind Energy Expert

  • BlueRock

    But wind power doesn’t work! It’s intermittent!


    • Anonymous

      lol. 😀

      i would not be surprised if such a comment came along, tho

      • BlueRock

        You gotta wonder how many GWs (TWs?!!) need to be deployed before some people stop saying that. Or my other favourite: “solar don’t work because the sun don’t shine at night!”.

        Thanks for your reporting – always interesting and informative. 🙂

        • Anonymous

          thanks a lot — receive so much criticism in the position, it’s always nice to get such comments (like a relief of sorts :D).

          & your humor is great and highly needed in the face of such challenges. & yeah, you gotta wonder how much more needs to be deployed before people realize its here! (but i guess, as Peter Sinclair likes to say, “Aunt Teabag” and “Uncle Dittohead” may never get it :D) 

          • BlueRock

            Always remember that the appreciative people make much less noise than the ‘other’ type of person. 🙂

            I get the impression that a certain political demographic will still be denying the viability of renewables when every roof on the planet is covered in PV and we have more energy than we know what to do with!

            lol. I love Peter Sinclair’s humour.

            Keep fighting the good fight!



          • Anonymous

            thanks, i try to always remember that, but the comments can still have an effect 😀  

            & yeah, on that certain political demographic, i often think of this comic:

            keep up the good work on your end, too! the exposure you bring to these topics on sites with ‘normal’ people who don’t browse clean energy blogs is tremendous 😀

          • BlueRock

            Hey. You need a thick skin for this subject. 🙂 I view it as the ‘Al Gore Badge Of Honor’ – the more good you’re doing, the more ‘they’ hate you for it.

            Thanks. I do what little I can. We’ll win this thing together!

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