China’s Wind Energy Revolution.

China became the world’s largest wind energy producer back in 2010 and the boom is continuing unabated, fuelled by government support and ambitious renewable energy targets.

A data revealed by the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA), wind energy surpassed nuclear for the very first time in 2012 to become the country’s third largest source of electricity, after coal and hydro-electric power.

The wind production in China stood at 153.4 TWh in 2014 compared to nuclear 130.6 TWh. Even though wind has outpaced nuclear, a lack of energy reform and flexibility in the system means that it will prove difficult to displace coal in the short term.

A report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) stated that China will need to reform its grid operation and electricity market to replace large amounts of coal with reliable forms of renewable energy.

According to Statista’s forecast, the future still remains lucrative for Chinese wind turbine manufacturing with operating revenue expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2020. The Gansu Wind Farm Project is currently under construction in western Gansu province and highlights China’s wind energy ambition.

It is expected to become the world’s biggest collective wind farm after completion.

Originally from Forbes

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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