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China: 248 GW of wind power in 2010

China is expected to have reached a total installed wind power capacity of 248 GW in 2020 representing a compound annual growth rate of almost 23%.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The figures from the Chinese Wind Energy Association show that China’s cumulative installed wind power capacity is expected to grow by a factor of 10 from 2009 to 2010.

China’s wind power has already increased 20 fold from 2005 to 2009 and is expected to reach 20 GW annually by 2014. In 2009, the country reached 25.8 GW installed, making China overtake Germany to become the world’s second largest wind market behind the USA, business analyst Datamonitor says.

Alex Desbarres, Datamonitor Analyst and lead author of the report Renewable Energy in China, says: “Over the past five years China has continually outperformed expectations in the global wind power market. Its increasing power requirements, growing dependency on energy imports and elevated green house gas emission levels makes wind power a viable and sustainable complement to China’s existing energy mix.

“The Chinese Government is committing the equivalent of 3% of its GDP to stimulus spending, while introducing a wide range of policies to technically and financially support wind power generation.

“As a result we expect the country to grow its wind capacity aggressively and to hold its position as the world’s largest market in terms of new capacity additions.”

Desbarres adds: “China’s wind resources are vast but the potential to exploit them is undoubtedly being driven by aggressive government policies which aim to diversify China’s electricity supply, support the growth of the domestic renewable energy industry and boost levels of investment in infrastructures.”

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rnitin said

04 February 2011
Dear Editorial Team

The heading also needs to be amended along with the starting sentence…

The amendment could be as below :
Main heading
China expected to reach 248 GW of wind power by 2020

Starting sentence
China is expected to reach a total installed wind power capacity of 248 GW by 2020 representing a compound annual growth rate of almost 23%.

Please have a look at this suggestion ..Regards..(

Kari Williamson, Assistant Editor said

02 February 2011
Datamonitor just got back to us - it should be 2020, not 2010. As you can see above, this has now been amended.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

rnitin said

02 February 2011
Thanks Kari, appreciate your prompt response. By the way apologies for cut-pasting the email addressed to you in the comment page hastily. Please ignore the syntax of my earlier comment.

Kari Williamson, Assistant Editor said

02 February 2011
We are double checking this with Datamonitor now as this was based on a figure reported by them.

rnitin said

02 February 2011
Dear Editorial Team

This has reference to the recent news item in RE Focus as appended below.
I think there is a typographical error as regards to the highlighted data.
To the best of my knowledge it should be 48 GW ( though some data sources suggest 41 GW of cumulative installations as of 2010)

Request you to kindly reconfirm the figure.

Nitin (

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