A government official said China will become the world’s third-largest producer of electricity from wind by the end of 2009.
According to Shi Lishan, vice-president of the Renewable Energy Department in the National Energy Administration, China's installed wind power capacity reached 20 GW in 2009, overtaking Spain. China now ranks behind only the US and Germany.
The US had installed capacity of 25.2 GW of wind power in 2008 (about 20.8% of world capacity), Spain 16.8 GW and China 12.2 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). (Global wind capacity reached 121.188 GW last year.)
"In terms of scale and rhythm, the development of wind energy in China is absolutely unparalleled in the world", said last month Steve Sawyer, secretary general of GWEC. "If they maintain the current trend they will be the first in the world in terms of installed capacity at the end of 2011."
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