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China Plans 22% Boost for Wind Power Capacity After Record 2015

  • Government plan to develop 30.83 gigawatts of wind power
  • New developments restricted in places where turbines are idle
Wind turbines in operation at China's largest wind farm just outside Urumqi, Xinjiang on Thursday, September 14, 2006.

China plans to increase total wind power capacity by 22 percent in 2016, underscoring the government’s effort to develop clean energy at about the same pace as last year’s record installations.

The nation plans to develop 30.83 gigawatts of wind power this year, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on its website on Monday. It added 33 gigawatts in 2015, triple France’s entire capacity of the clean resource, according to data from NEA.