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China taps more wind power

WITH total installed capacity of 12 million kilowatts, China has become the world's fourth-biggest country in wind power-installed capacity.

"Concerning wind power installed capacity, China is next only to the United States, France and Spain," Lu Yanchang, vice chairman of the China Science and Technology Association, said at the Fifth China Energy Strategy Forum on Saturday.

Wind power has become a main force in China's new energy development cause, said Lu, adding that the country had built more than 200 wind power plants by last year, with electricity generation of 12.8 billion kilowatt-hours.

China's total wind power has accounted for 1.5 percent of country's total installed electricity capacity. The country will build more wind power projects before next year, in the eastern coastal areas, and the vast western regions, according to Lu.

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Hebei Province have exploited wind energy earlier than other regions on the Chinese mainland.

Inner Mongolia boasts 100 million kw of wind energy resources, with enormous white turbines to capture the strong winds from the heartland of Mongolia and Siberia. The region is striving to raise wind power installed capacity to more than 10 million kw next year, almost half of that of the country's largest hydropower project at the Three Gorges, said Ya Saning, director of the region's economic commission.

Hebei will also build wind power plants with an installed capacity of more than 10 million kw by 2020, said Zhao Weidong, a provincial official.


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