China now the world leader in wind power production

The Globe and Mail

China has become the world leader in wind power production after constructing nearly half of all the new turbines built around the globe in 2015.

According to statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Wednesday, China installed 30,500 megawatts of new wind power last year, compared to the world total of 63,000 MW. China now has 145,100 MW of wind power, out of the global total of 432,400 MW.

Over all, there is now enough wind power installed around the world to generate electricity for about 100 million homes.

China is by far the largest producer of wind power, and now has more wind capacity installed than the European Union, the traditional leader in the sector.

China’s dramatic increase is partly due to its drive to cut smog and deal with climate change, the GWEC said.


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