China aims to become the leader in renewable energy. It is the major manufacturer of wind turbines and solar photovoltaic energy industry employs half a million people.

Wind power in China could reach 1000 GW of capacity by 2050. China continues to put emphasis on expanding the domestic sector of wind farms to help reduce emissions of CO2.

The latest evidence of the faith of wind power in China is presented in a report that predicts that there could be 1,000 GW of wind turbines installed in 2050. To put this figure in perspective, it is worth noting that the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has reported that China was the world leader in wind power last year with a cumulative installed wind capacity of just over 42 GW.

The report was published last week by the National Energy Program and Reform Commission Research Institute (ERI, NDRC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

According to a press release, the IEA shows that the proportion of wind energy in electricity production in China could rise to 17% by mid-century compared to only 1% today.

“In 2050, wind power could be one of the most important energy sources, along with coal, hydro, solar and nuclear,” said Wang Zhongying, Director General of ERI. “It will play a vital role in China’s energy supply and our efforts to tackle climate change.”

The report was followed days later by an article in the Financial Times said that China is preparing for a downturn of 20% in wind turbine installations this year due to government regulation and tightening of the requirements of the grid. The history of the FT quoted an unnamed European turbine manufacturer executive saying that the wind turbine market in China faces a “bloodbath.”

As a region, GWEC has said that Europe was the world leader in cumulative wind capacity of 86 GW by the end of 2010, Asia ranked second with 58.6 GW and North America was third with 44.1 GW.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) expects the European wind power capacity reaches 230 GW cumulative in 2020 and 400 GW in 2030.

EWEA also believes that wind power could generate up to 50% of EU electricity by 2050. Furthermore, with the EU planning to reduce emissions by 80-95% by the year 2050, the EU will have to completely abandon the use of coal power sector which would mean that wind power would provide much more that 17% of of electricity in Europe.

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