Chinese Eye 450 MW Of Wind Power

We learned earlier this month that China was kicking rear and taking names when it came to investing in wind power, accounting for nearly half the $20.5 billion invested in projects in the latest quarter among 30 countries surveyed (though some of its practices have been called into question by the United States). An example of the sort of projects being pursued comes now from state-backed China Everbright, which announced it is beginning work on wind-power projects at three sites in Shanxi Province that could eventually have a generating capacity of 450 megawatts (MWs).

Everbright points out that wind power is on the list of “key alternative energy industries” pegged for support in China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. Under that plan, the government aims to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels from 90 percent now to 80 percent in 2020, with wind making up a big chunk of the new sourcing.

Wind-power plant, Xinjiang, China

image via Wikipedia Commons

Everbright said it is optimistic about the sites in north central Shanxi Province, on the Loess Plateau,  where wind resources are rich.” It said the three projects will be implemented in phases, with Phase 1 generating 150 MW.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.