China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030, and the figure could rise to nearly a third with power sector reforms, a new study has found. Within 14 years, more new generating capacity – mostly clean energy – will come online in China than currently exists in the whole of the US, further cementing the country’s image as a burgeoning green giant. Valerie Karplus, a co-author of the study published in the journal Nature Energy and assistant professor at MIT, said that Beijing wanted to increase its wind capacity by a factor of between three and five before 2030. “China is now the world’s wind energy leader by a fairly large margin,” she said. The country’s 145GW of installed wind capacity last year eclipsed both Europe and the US, even if not all of it is yet grid-connected. By 2030, renewables are slated to generate a fifth of China’s primary energy needs.
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