China already surpasses the U.S. with a total installed capacity of 41.8 gigawatts in 2010, which is expected to reach 50 gigawatts by the year 2011. With the wind, it is estimated that China will reduce CO2 emissions by 90 million tonnes, while reducing dependence on foreign energy.
Responsible for the renewable energy industry of China informed the country’s official media in the just ended 2010, China became the country with the largest installed wind power capacity in the world, after increasing its capacity in about 16 gigawatts This represents an increase of 62 percent compared to 2009.
Thus, the country currently has a total installed wind capacity of 41.8 gigawatts, exceeding the capacity of the United States, which had hitherto been the leader in this respect.
The development of renewable energy has become a matter of great significance in China. A clean energy law was enacted in 2005 and the last Five Year Plan, adopted last November and laying the foundations for economic development in the period 2011-2015, the development of this sector is of great important, the Council of State fumbles a possible plan of $ 758 million to encourage the progress of this industry.
With installed wind capacity to date, China is estimated to save 31.3 million metric tons of coal annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons, a figure that will rise when the next year to raise capacity the 55 gigawatts, according to government forecasts.
In addition to environmental advantages, the development of renewable energy sector also has many advantages for China in regard to energy independence. The country is still too dependent on energy imports to fuel its economic growth and the availability of renewable energy could ensure more sustainable development and eliminate the excess of foreign dependence. Thus, the country is expected to reach 100 gigawatts of installed capacity in 2015 and 2020 the number will double.