Wind power has big development room in China

Zhang Guobao, also vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Xinhua before attending CPPCC’s annual session.

Zhang revealed that Chinese government will support several big enterprises and foster them to be capable of competing with foreign rivals.

Accelerating the development of renewable energy (wond energy and solar power) and thereby transforming the energy development model will be the top priority of the top energy regulator for 2010, Zhang said, noting that the Chinese government will make greater effort to develop clean and new energy in its Twelfth Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015).

In recent years, China’s new energy industry has seen rapid development, and wind power, in particular, has doubled and redoubled for years in a row.

In 2009, China’s newly added installed wind energy capacity topped 10 million kW; accounting for nearly one third of the world’s newly added wind power capacity.

China’s installed wind power capacity reached 25.1 GW in 2009, up from 12.1 GW in 2008, more than doubling for the fifth consecutive year, according to information from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Zhang Guobao said that China has 2.6 billion kW wind power resources, but the current installed wind power capacity only stands at 25 million kW, leaving plenty of room for further development.

As for dispute over the overcapacity of new energy, the NEA head stated that China’s new energy production capacity does not exceed the demand, but requires faster development.