Large wind capacity in China hits 101.1 GW at end-April 2015
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said Thursday that the country’s large-scale wind power capacity has reached a total of 101,100 MW as of the end of April 2015, which is 24% more than a year back.
The calculations do not include plants with capacities lower than 6 MW.
As for the county’s large-scale hydropower plants (HPP), their total installed capacity stood at 266,130 MW at the end of last month. It grew by 7.9% year-on-year. In January-April alone, China connected approximately 3,000 MW of new HPP capacity.
In the first four months of 2015, the country’s total power consumption grew by 0.9% on the year to 1,731.6 TWh. In April alone, China’s total electricity demand amounted to 441.5 TWh, marking a 1.3% year-on-year increase.
NEA recently released a list of wind projects, totalling 34 GW, which are either to be approved or cancelled by the central government by the end of this year. As part of China’s 2016-2020 five-year plan on energy, the country will aim to double its capacity to 200 GW by the end of the decade.