China doubles wind power in 1 year

by ARTiFactor on Feb. 06th, 2010

Wind power growing
Wind power growingCourtesy Dirk Ingo Franke

China doubles its wind genereration in 2009

The Global Wind Energy Council said that China doubled power capacity from 12 gigawatts to 25 gigawatts last year.

World wind generation up 31% in 2009

The wind power sector grew rapidly last year. It was up 31% despite the economic downturn. The market for new wind turbines was worth $63 billion in 2009.

China is aiming to increase that sixfold — to 150 gigawatts — by 2020. The Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association says it could hit that target far earlier. But wind power still accounts for only 1% of China's total electricity consumption.

The United States still ranks as the world's largest user of wind power — with 35 gigawatts of capacity — although only 2% of its total electricity consumption comes from wind, the Global Wind Energy Council said. The European Union depends on wind for 9% of its power.USA Today

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