China Wind Awaits China Demand
It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle.
Javier C. Hernandez, January 15, 2017 (NY Times)
“…[The 7,000 turbines of the Jiuquan Wind Power Base, one of the world’s largest wind farms and capable of generating enough electricity to power a small country, are mostly idle] because of weak demand…China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has pointed to its embrace of wind and solar power and other alternatives to coal to position itself at the forefront of the global effort to combat climate change...More than 92,000 wind turbines have been built across the country, capable of generating 145 gigawatts of electricity, nearly double the capacity of wind farms in the United States…[China is] grappling with a nationwide economic slowdown that has dampened demand for electricity…persistent favoritism toward the coal industry by local officials and…[new transmission to deliver the electricity] to China’s fastest-growing cities…” click here for more