United States and China launch wind power tool
Washington, DC— The United
States Environmental Protection Agency’s Wind Technology
Partnership rolled out a new tool to aid energy planners and wind
developers in China’s Hebei province.
The new Geospatial Toolkit identifies
where wind resources lie in Hebei province and their proximity
to features like 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.
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 last year to 30 GW by 2020.
The Wind Technology Partnership
is a joint effort by Environmental Protection Agency, the United
States Department of Energy, and the Chinese government to increase
the use of grid-connected wind power in China.