China to account for 30% global wind power

China could account for 30% of global installed wind power capacity by 2030. Statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed China’s wind power installed capacity could reach 279GW by […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

China could account for 30% of global installed wind power capacity by 2030.

Statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed China’s wind power installed capacity could reach 279GW by 2030, two points below the EU. It also predicted China’s wind sources could generate 330TWh of clean power by 2015.

In a roadmap developed with the IEA, the country plans to use onshore and offshore turbines to generate 8.4% of its energy by 2030 and double the share 20 years later. It currently aims to add 15GW of wind power every year to help it generate 17% of its electricity by 2050.

According to the latest ‘2012 Global wind power development outlook’, wind power could supply 12% of the world’s electricity needs and exceed 20% by 2030. The total wind power installed capacity reached 44.7GW at the end of 2010 and 62.3GW last year. The figure is predicted to reach 80GW by the end of this year.

Last week the IEA also predicted China would surpass the rest of the world in coal demand in the next five years.