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China to accelerate development of wind power: officia

China will step up efforts to promote the development of its wind power industry so as to make full use of its wind resources, said Zhang Guobao, director of the National Energy Administration, yesterday.

China’s installed wind power capacity is only 22 million kilowatt, far less than its wind energy resources of about 2.6 billion kW on a theoretical basis.

The Chinese government will support several large wind power equipment manufacturers so that they would be able to compete with their overseas rivals, added Zhang.

The government also plans to accelerate the development of nuclear power. Last year, the government approved the construction of six nuclear reactors and will approve a few more nuclear projects this year, said Zhang.

At the end of last year, China’s nuclear power capacity stood at 9.08 million kW, with 23.05 million kW of capacity under construction.