Wind Surpasses Nuclear Electricity in China

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Source: Wind power plants in Xinjiang, www.treehugger.com

At the end of 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more energy than nuclear power plants in China, a gap that will most likely continue to widen in the next few years as wind power surges ahead. Following the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the government responded by suspending new reactor approvals and conducting a safety review of plants in operation and under construction. At that time, there were 10,200 megawatts of installed nuclear capacity and 28,000 megawatts under construction. The prediction that China will reach 40,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity by 2015 seems unlikely with the current pace of construction. However the outlook for wind power seems much more promising with 19,000 megawatts of wind power capacity connected to the grid during 2011-2012. Efforts to expand and upgrade the grid in China have been made to fully accommodate fast-multipling wind turbines in remote, wind-rich areas. China has set an official target of 100,000 megawatts of grid-connected wind capacity by 2015, however the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association believes that wind installations will reach 200,000 megawatts by 2015. China is taking advantage of this opportunity for a rich renewable energy source with the construction of seven massive “Wind Base” mega-complexes underway in six provinces.

Source: Wind surpasses nuclear in China by J. Matthew Roney

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