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China Had 35% of New Onshore Wind Capacity Last Year, BNEF Says

Feb 4, 2013
Source: 
(Bloomberg)

China accounted for more than a third of all newly installed onshore wind power capacity last year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.

China installed 15.9 gigawatts of onshore turbines in 2012 to be the world’s largest wind market in terms of annual installed capacity, despite an 18 percent decline from a year earlier, the London-based research company said in a report today. The U.S. installed a record 13.2 gigawatts in 2012, 14 percent fewer turbines than China, the report said.

Wind energy has become the Asian nation’s third-biggest energy resource, following coal and hydropower, and generates 2 percent of its total electricity, according to data from China’s State Electricity Regulatory Commission.