China installed wind power capacity hits 7 per cent of total in 2014

China installed wind power capacity hits 7 per cent of total in 2014
A wind farm in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region. China is set to cap carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and increase the share of non-fossil energy in total primary energy supply to about 20 per cent by then.

BEIJING - China's installed capacity for grid-connected wind power rose nearly 26 per cent to 96.37 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, accounting for 7 per cent of the country's total, the National Energy Administration said on Thursday.

The nation is on track to meet a wind capacity target of 100 GW set in its 2011-2015 "five-year plan" for the energy sector after a rapid construction programme and a concerted effort to make sure new projects are connected to the grid.

The administration said in a statement on its website (www.nea.gov.cn) that newly added wind capacity in 2014 hit a record 19.81 GW. A total of 77 GW is now under construction.

Total wind power generation reached 153.4 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2014, 2.78 per cent of the total, it said.

The administration said last month that China's total power capacity reached 1,360 GW by the end of last year, up 8.7 per cent on the previous year. Total generation stood at 5.523 trillion kWh, up 3.8 per cent.

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