China aims for 100 gigawatts of wind power by 2020

China's top economic planning body has unveiled an ambitious target to expand the country's wind power generating capacity to 100,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020, according to reports on Tuesday.

The plan from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is five times the previous target, the report in Shanghai Daily said. Global wind power currently stands at 94 gigawatts (94,000MW).

 "The NDRC has just recently completed an internal meeting to discuss the possibility of increasing wind power capacity to 100,000MW," Shi Pengfei, vice president of Chinese Wind Energy Association, was quoted as saying. "It’s not 20,000MW or 30,000MW as previously targeted."

China hopes to have 15% of its electricity generation coming from renewable sources by 2020. Most of this is expected to come from
hydropower and wind.

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