China is likely to install less wind power capacity in 2018 after a significant contraction last year, experts expected, which seems to be linked to a large slowdown in northern areas.
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In 2017, the additional installed wind power capacity totaled 15.03 GW, 4.27 GW less than 2016 and 17.94 GW less than 2015, hitting a new low in the past five years, adding to a cumulated wind capacity of 164 GW, accounting for 9.2% of the total installation.
The National Energy Administration explained the stagnation in 2017 mainly came from slow-down in "three norths" – North, Northeast and Northwest China.
However, provinces in the central, east and southwest, featuring low wind speed that is fit for distributed wind power, will be the new growth engine of the installation.
According to the state plan for the 13th Five-Year (2016-2020), the wind power capacity is set to be installed at 205 GW by 2020, indicating the country will add another 41.32 GW in the next three years.
By end-2017, Jilin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Ningxia, Xinjiang and Hainan have completed their 13th Five-Year plans and most of the rest have approached their targets.
China's wind power generation totaled 3.057 TWh last year, or 4.8% of the full-year power output, up 0.7 percentage point compared with 4.1% from a year ago.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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