Hebei Longyuan Wind Power has announced plans to set up 300 MW of wind energy capacity in Hebei. The company was formed through a joint venture between China Longyuan Power Group and Hebei Construction and Investment Group. The company is currently in early stages of development of the project and is determining the exact locations for the installation of the wind turbines.
China already has a booming wind energy sector with the highest installed capacity in the world and very ambitious capacity addition targets. Apart from the near-100 GW installed wind energy capacity, the country plans to add an additional 100 GW capacity by the end of this decade.
The renewable energy sector has also attracted attention from the companies obligated to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions under the seven operational pilot emissions trading schemes. The seven jurisdictions allow these companies to purchase a set maximum percentage of their compliance instruments from renewable energy and other emissions-offsetting projects located across China.
Hebei, however, has its own problems with increasing air pollution. The province is home to 7 or more of the top 10 polluted cities in China. The provincial government had to take stern measures to check air pollution during the recently concluded APEC meeting in Beijing. As many as 881 projects were asked to stop operations before and during the APEC meeting to reduce air pollution.
A large iron and steel plant had to be relocated out of the city to a remote location in order to curb air pollution. By 2017, the Hebei provincial government aims to relocate 123 heavy polluting companies.
The government is also working to improve the energy efficiency of energy-intensive industries in the province. In 2011, the Asian Development Bank completed the disbursement of a $100 million loan to companies in Hebei for implementing energy efficiency projects.
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