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China to address chaotic wind turbine market with new regulations

China's National Energy Bureau (NEB) is seeking to rein in the country's overheated wind power industry through the introduction of new regulations to standardise the examination and approval of small wind farm projects.

China's National Energy Bureau (NEB) is seeking to rein in the country's overheated wind power industry through the introduction of new regulations to standardise the examination and approval of small wind farm projects. The new rules, which are expected to go into force within the first half of this year, will require local governments to receive NEB approval before they can grant licences to <50MW wind farm projects.

Currently, around 10% of the 60GW of wind projects in China have been examined and approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), potentially excluding them from the national plan for grid access, one of the main reasons while roughly 30% of wind turbines in China are not connected to the grid. It is thought that the new regulations will discourage companies from selling on projects as soon as they have won approval and could therefore potentially result in lower costs for the sector as a whole.

As of 2010, the State Grid had invested US$6.39bn to support wind power integration, but despite installed wind capacity representing 4.4% of total capacity, grid-connected wind power capacity accounted for only 3.2%. China is looking to complete the basic construction of its smart... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

China's National Energy Bureau (NEB) is seeking to rein in the country's overheated wind power industry through the introduction of new regulations to standardise the examination and approval of small wind farm projects. The new rules, which are expected to go into force within the first half of this year, will require local governments to receive NEB approval before they can grant licences to <50MW wind farm projects.

Currently, around 10% of the 60GW of wind projects in China have been examined and approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), potentially excluding them from the national plan for grid access, one of the main reasons while roughly 30% of wind turbines in China are not connected to the grid. It is thought that the new regulations will discourage companies from selling on projects as soon as they have won approval and could therefore potentially result in lower costs for the sector as a whole.

As of 2010, the State Grid had invested US$6.39bn to support wind power integration, but despite installed wind capacity representing 4.4% of total capacity, grid-connected wind power capacity accounted for only 3.2%. China is looking to complete the basic construction of its smart grid infrastructure by 2016, at which point it expects to be able to connect 10GW of wind power to the system according to a March statement from the State Grid Corp of China.


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APR 12 2011
http://www.windaction.org/posts/30600-china-to-address-chaotic-wind-turbine-market-with-new-regulations
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