Wind power boom in China

10/27/2016 9:36:00 AM

There is a true wind power frenzy in China, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). On average, the Chinese have been building two wind turbines every hour. That is twice the number of the US, China's main competitor.

 According to the IEA, the Chinese have the world's biggest programme of turbine installation. The BBC reports that wind energy has fulfilled the country's annual increase in energy demand.

 The statement on wind energy is not as rosy as it seems, as the first half of 2016 also saw record new installations of coal. The IEA says that China has also built a large coal-fired generating capacity, to the extent that wind turbines have to be turned off for 15% of the time. Coal-fired power stations are given priority access to the grid.

 IEA says in a statement: “China has now a clear over-supply."

 Further reading on bbc.com

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