Beijing Wind Farm Tender Highlights System Faults

Hong Kong and Beijing, China [Reuters] Only state-owned Chinese companies took part in Beijing’s tender this month to build wind farms, highlighting shortfalls in the country’s controversial investment plan to promote clean energy sources. Industry officials said no independent private companies or foreign firms were among 26 firms that had placed bids for the tender, known as the fourth concession project involving three large wind farms with total capacity of 700 megawatts. … Many industry officials have criticised Beijing’s concession system, which has awarded large wind farm projects to those offering the lowest power prices. As a result, major utilities have rushed to offer bare-bone investment plans, regardless of a project’s quality or viability, potentially leaving China with large wind farms that sit idle or need constant repair, they say.

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