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Wind is China’s 3rd Largest Energy Source – C.W.E.A.

Wind power is now China's third largest energy source, surpassing nuclear power, revealed the China Wind Energy Association.

According to a Global Times report, data from the C.W.E.A. showed that electricity generated from wind in China totaled 100.4 billion kilowatt hours last year, which is equivalent to two percent of the country's overall electricity output in 2012 and up from 1.5 percent in 2011.

"This change is in accordance with the government's efforts to increase its use of renewable energy as a means to reduce carbon emissions and cut reliance on fossil fuels," Li Linghuan, an energy industry analyst at Shandong-based consultancy Sublime China Information, told the Global Times.

While wind outpaces nuclear power, C.W.E.A. chairman He Dexin noted that it still lags behind thermal power and hydropower.

Additionally, wind power development in China slowed down in 2012, with only 14 gigawatts of newly installed capacity, a decline from 20.66 gigawatts in 2011.

Mr. Dexin said the industry is currently facing several challenges, including overcapacity of wind turbines, rising trade protectionism, grid connection barriers and wastage in wind power.

In 2013, C.W.E.A. estimates 18 gigawatts will be added to China's newly installed wind power capacity. Local governments have been fast tracking the approval of wind power projects since the beginning of the year.

For instance, three wind power projects with a total investment of 1.35 billion yuan ($217 million) were approved by the Development and Reform Commission of Human Province on January 9.

China seeks to raise its wind power capacity to 100 gigawatts by the end of 2015, said C.W.E.A. – EcoSeed Staff

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