Planners Select Best Wind Locations in Chinese Province

To help energy planners and wind developers in China’s Hebei province, the Geospatial Toolkit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Wind Technology Partnership will help identify where wind resources lie and mark their proximity to power transmission lines, protected lands and access routes. The province is a priority in China’s wind development efforts due to its high wind potential and closeness to major transmission lines and cities.

“We all share the same environment,” said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. “Working together through this partnership, the United States can assist China in shifting to a greener, more sustainable [energy] path.” China’s high-paced economic growth has fueled a dramatic increase in the country’s energy consumption. Wind power is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in China, providing a clean alternative to fossil fuels while displacing greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. The Chinese government plans to increase installed wind capacity from approximately one gigawatt (GW) last year to 30 GW by 2020. Wind Technology Partnership is a joint effort by EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Chinese government to increase the use of grid-connected wind power in China.
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