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Wind power capacity grows again in Q1

CHINA’S installed wind power capacity continued to grow in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Energy Administration.

China had 151 million kilowatts of installed wind power capacity at the end of the first quarter, up 13 percent year on year.

Qinghai, Shaanxi, Henan and Hebei provinces increased the most in wind power capacity during the first three months, the NEA said in a statement.

Wind power facilities generated 68.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first quarter, 26 percent more than in the same period of 2016.

Due to distribution of wind resources and an imperfect grid system, 13.5 billion kWh of wind power were wasted in the first quarter, down 5.7 billion kWh from the same period of last year.

China’s energy mix is dominated by coal. Power use rose 6.9 percent year on year in the first three months, 3.7 percentage points higher than the same period of last year, official data showed.

Thanks to China’s push for renewable energy, the country’s energy intensity, the amount of energy consumed per unit of GDP, fell 3.8 percent year on year in the first quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said earlier this month.

China’s total energy consumption will be capped at 5 billion tons of coal equivalent by 2020 under a government plan for 2016 to 2020. This will equal to a 15 percent cut of energy use per unit of GDP by 2020.



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