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China Boosts Wind Power Output 41%, Edges Closer to 2015 Target

China, the world’s biggest wind power market, posted a 41 percent surge in the production of electricity from wind in 2012, bringing the nation a step closer to meet its goal in three years.

The country generated 100.8 billion kilowatt-hours of wind power last year, compared with 71.5 billion kilowatt-hours in 2011, the National Energy Administration said today in a statement on its website. Total grid-connected installed capacity increased 31 percent to 62.7 gigawatts from 47.9 gigawatts in 2011.

China said in August that it aims to install 100 gigawatts of grid-connected wind farms by 2015 and to generate 190 billion kilowatt-hours of power.

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

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