The State Grid is China’s largest utility company and has 50.26 GW on-grid wind power capacity under its distribution this year, marking an annual growth of 87 per cent for the last six years, an official statement as reported by Xinhua said.
However, concentration of wind resources in specific regions besides technical obstacles has restricted the efficient use of the energy source, Zhang Zhengling, spokesman for the State Grid, said adding China’s wind energy harnessing capacity has reached a “relatively high level” after a slew of measures to monitor and adjust its use.
According to Zhang, power generated from wind totaled at 70.6 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) in 2011, 28.2 times the amount generated in 2006. However, linking regional networks to the national grid remains a barrier for the growth of the sector.
“The key problem is the regional connections are still weak and there is not yet a unified national market and corresponding grid network,” Shu Yinbiao, Deputy Manager of the State Grid said adding China should speed up the construction of trans-regional power grids to meet its new energy goals.
China’s on-grid wind power capacity is expected to reach 100 GW in the next three years and 200 GW by 2020. The focus on new energy comes as China makes an effort to shift from fossil fuels and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 17 per cent per unit of gross domestic product by 2015.