China is the world leader in the wind power industry, the country commissioned 30.8 GW of installed capacity of wind power in 2015, exceeding the results of the entire Europe.
Moreover, as many as five Chinese companies were included in the world's top ten wind turbine manufacturers in 2015. And for the first time the Danish company Vestas has been shifted from the leading position in the ratings by the Chinese GoldWind (Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co.).
China has launched the most ambitious wind power programme in the world, double that of its nearest competitor, the US.
“China installs two wind power turbines every hour”, informed the International Energy Agency (IEA) in an interview with BBC News.
The wind power industry serves to meet the increased demand for electricity in the country. Nevertheless, the Agency expressed its concern about turning off wind turbines for 15% of the time due to the access to the general grid granted to coal-fired power plants.
An IEA spokesperson told BBC News: “The rather rosy statement on wind power fades due to the issue that 2015 and the first half of 2016 also saw record new installations of coal. The country has now a clear over-supply, for example, in the province of Gansu, 39% of wind power had to be turned off because there is not enough capacity on the grid. By contrast, the average European wind farm is forced to stop generating between 1-2% of the year. China’s position is clearly unsustainable and the country will need strong policy decisions, including the construction of many more grid lines and phase-out policy for older, inefficient coal power plants.”
China has recently set targets on energy and climate change that it is sure it can achieve.