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China’s wind capacity grows despite wastage

China grew its wind power capacity again in 2016 but didn’t meet its true potential due to logistical and grid issues.
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China had 149 million kilowatts of installed wind power capacity as of the end of 2016, with 19.3 million kilowatts added last year, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).

Xinhua Daily reports that wind power facilities generated 241 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016, 4 per cent of the country’s total electricity production, compared with 3.3 per cent in 2015.

However, close to 50 billion kilowatt hours of wind power was wasted, up from 33.9 billion kilowatt hours a year earlier, due to distribution of wind resources and an imperfect grid system.