Wind potential blown away by grid monopolies in China

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GWEC at Asia Future Energy Forum, Singapore

The mainland’s wind power generators will reach their full potential only if the state-owned power distribution giants lose their monopolies, said Liming Qiao, the China Director of the Global Wind Energy Council.

The stranglehold of grid operators on the market means a reluctance to invest in the equipment needed to distribute wind power. “However, the bigger underlying problem is a lack of progress in electricity market reform and competition in the transmission and distribution sector,” she said. “This has limited the drive for change and improvement.”

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