China Wind Power: Yunnan province plans 2822 MW of wind energy

From the latest statistical data, at of the end of June 2009, the national on-grid wind power installed capacity is 11.81 million kilowatts, an increase of 101%, reflecting that the overall wind power market continues to maintain a rapid growth trend.

On July 24, 2009, China Development and Reform Commission published the Notice on Wind Power on the Pricing Policy. It stipulates that the whole country will be divided into four categories of wind power resource areas according to the situation of wind power resources and engineering construction conditions, and then the corresponding wind power electricity price benchmark will be fixed.

Since August 1st of 2009, the wind power electricity price benchmark in Chinese four resource areas will be 0.51 RMB (0.074 USD) Kw/h, 0.54 RMB (0.079 USD) Kw/h, 0.58 RMB (0.085 USD) Kw/h, and 0.61 RMB (0.089 USD) Kw/h separately. The new pricing policy will have a favorable impact to enhance the operator’s profitability and stimulate the development of China’s wind power industry. As for the unreasonable redundant construction in wind power industry, the government also has introduced some relevant control measures, which is undoubtedly good news to the existing industries and enterprises.

The original "long-term renewable energy development plan" for wind powers by 2020 the total installed capacity is determined by 30 million kilowatts, and now that goal may be adjusted to from 100 to 150 million kilowatts, 30 million kilowatts and the goals may be able to achieve in 2011. We believe that the policy of this series will make the whole wind power equipment industry maintain a continued healthy growth.

The Energy Bureau of Yunnan Development and Reform Commission recently released that Yunnan province has made plans for 30 wind power plants to be built in order to tackle the shortage of power supply and reduce environmental pollution as much as possible. The total installed capacity will reach 2822 MW.

An official from the Energy Bureau of Yunnan Development and Reform Commission introduced that Yunnan province had the potential for wind power generation. "Developing wind power generation can adjust the energy structure of the province, and solve the lack of thermal and hydropower supply problems, especially for the issue of meeting the electricity demand in rural areas. At the same time, wind power can reduce pollution and improve the virtuous circle of eco-environment," the official said. Wind power has become the third largest power source in Yunnan province followed by hydropower and thermal power.

The official stated that Yunnan province has made plans for 30 wind power plants, whose total installed capacity will amount to 2822 MW. Amid them, the 13 wind power plants in the earlier plan were adjusted to have a capacity of 1377 MW. The government of Yunnan province further revised the plan adding 17 new power plants with an installed capacity reaching 1445 MW.

China’s installed wind power capacity reached 12.2 GW in 2008 and is expected to grow to 20 GW in 2009. Nearly 70 companies are involved in on-grid wind turbine manufacturing in China.

In the 60 years since the founding of New China, China’s energy supply capacity has developed from weak to strong, and the country has become the world’s largest energy producer. This is according to Zhang Guobao, deputy chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and director of the National Energy Administration speaking at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on the morning of September 25.

Zhang said that in terms of energy supply, China has become the world’s largest energy producer maintaining an energy self-sufficiency rate of over 90 percent, and safeguarding national energy security.

China energy structure has continuously improved since the early days of New China. Statistics show that China’s total installed capacity of hydroelectric power has reached 172 million kW, ranking first in the world; wind power output has doubled year-on-year for three consecutive years, ranking fourth in the world; the total heat-collecting area of solar water heaters has exceeded 125 million square meters, ranking first in the world; 11 nuclear power reactors have been put into operation and 24 nuclear power generating units with a total installed capacity of 25.4 million kW has been approved and is under construction, which is the largest scale of nuclear power projects under construction in the world.

Zhang added that in the 30 years since reform and opening-up, a scientific and rational energy and resource utilization system is gradually taking shape with a markedly enhanced energy sustainable development capacity.