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China’s Wind Energy Investments at an All-Time High

China_Wind_EnergyIn China, wind energy is quickly overtaking coal and hydro power to become a major source of electricity. In fact, wind energy in China now accounts for 5.3 per cent of the country’s generating capacity and supplies about 2% of its electricity.

However, China has such a major air pollution issue that 2% wind energy electricity is in no way sufficient to make a dent.

Experts forecast a modest recovery in both financing activity and construction in 2013, and the fact that wind energy overtook nuclear as a generation source even in its most challenging year of recent times is a testament to the massive scale and momentum of the industry in this country.

New wind investments were worth $US27.2 billion in 2012, down 12%. Turbine costs fell 10 % as suppliers lowered prices.

China’s adoption of renewable energy has surprised pundits. According to preliminary Bloomberg New Energy Finance research, some 11% of total electricity generation by 2020 will come from non-hydro renewable sources.

Last year, according to BNEF, China added 80GW, with coal-fired places accounting for about 60 % of that increase.

And, on a related note, experts have determined the level of infrasound, or low-frequency sound, at residences close to wind turbines is negligible. In fact, the policy director of Clean Energy says the findings take the emphasis off wind turbines as a source of infrasound and instead demonstrate the culprits are traffic, urban environments, and air conditioners.

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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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