11 Jan '13, 3pm

China Working to Cut Idled Wind Farm Capacity

"The issue is in the process of improvement, given the efforts made by grid companies," Jiang Liping, vice president of the State Grid Energy Research Institute, said in a phone interview on Jan. 10, without disclosing the connection rate. The adoption of wind power in China has been damped by the electricity grid's ability to handle the influx of energy, forcing the government to impose stricter approvals on new projects. The rate of wind capacity sitting idle could fall to as low as 10 percent this year, compared with 25 percent at the end of 2011, Jun Ying, Bloomberg New Energy Finance's head of research in China, said by e-mail. "It's the lack of economic incentives that discourage grid companies to take in more renewable power," said Beijing-based Ying. "It means extra work and costs, but no extra benefits for grid companies to do so." China this year plans to add 49 ...

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