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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


January 18, 2017 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills stand idle in China as even more are being constructed

JIUQUAN, China – On the edge of the Gobi Desert, the Jiuquan Wind Power Base stands as a symbol of China’s quest to dominate the world’s renewable energy market. With more than 7,000 turbines arranged in rows that stretch along the sandy horizon, it is one of the world’s largest wind farms, capable of generating enough electricity to power a small country. But these days, the windmills loom like scarecrows, idle and inert. The wind howls outside, but many turbines in . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2016 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

China scales back solar, wind ambitions as renewables cool

China, the world’s biggest clean-energy investor, lowered its solar and wind power targets for 2020, a reflection of how record installations of renewables have overwhelmed the ability of the nation’s grid to absorb the new electricity. China is now aiming for 110 gigawatts of solar power by 2020, a 27 percent reduction from an earlier target, according to a webcast posted on the website of the National Energy Administration that cited the agency’s chief engineer, Han Shui. The nation reduced . . . Complete story »


October 31, 2016 • China, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Adding wind energy is not as easy as building wind turbines

Adding wind energy is not as “simple” as building wind farms. It also means constructing new transmission lines. Both Germany and China know this first hand. The Guardian newspaper has reported that the German government is paying wind producers to hold back when it comes to generating power – because its grid is unable to handle the additional capacity. And MIT’s Technology Review is reporting that China has the same problem. Referencing the BBC TV network, it says that because the . . . Complete story »


February 4, 2016 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Lantau offshore wind farm plan a threat to pink dolphins – NGO

A state-backed company plans build a wind farm 10km off the shore of Western Lantau Island, leaving Hong Kong conservationists concerned about the fate of endangered pink dolphins in the area. The electricity firm, South Joint Development Offshore Wind Power Company, intends to build a large-scale wind farm on the Lingding Channel, located at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, according to a Guangdong government document. However, the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society (HKDCS) noted that the offshore wind . . . Complete story »


February 3, 2016 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project poses new threat to Hong Kong aquatic icon

A planned wind farm in the Pearl River estuary is raising concern over its potential impact on the pink dolphin, Hong Kong’s aquatic symbol nearly driven to extinction by overdevelopment. Southern Offshore Wind Power Development Co. Ltd., a unit of state-owned China Southern Power Grid Co.Ltd., is pressing ahead with the project despite its own environmental studies that show the waters in question are home to the endangered animal and other vulnerable species, Apple Daily reports. Environmentalists are worried that . . . Complete story »


July 28, 2015 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

China’s idled wind turbines rise for first time in three years

The number of China’s wind turbines sitting idle rose in the six months through June for the first time in three years even as the country continued to add capacity. The rate was, on average, 15.2 percent in the first half, according to data from the National Energy Administration. That’s almost 7 percentage points higher than the same period last year. Idled capacity has dogged China’s wind farm operators after a rush to build turbines in the windiest areas of . . . Complete story »


May 19, 2015 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Chinese wind earnings under pressure with fifth of farms idle

May 18 China’s wind farm firms are feeling the heat as state grid operators deliberately delay hooking them up and cut back on purchases, wasting about a fifth of the total wind power output or enough electricity to run Beijing for 40 days. China is now the world’s top wind power producer thanks to policies designed to boost renewable energy use, with an installed capacity of over 100 gigawatts – more than a quarter of the world’s total and almost . . . Complete story »


November 5, 2014 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Sinovel predicts delisting from Shanghai exchange

Sinovel has warned investors it is likely to be delisted when its 2014 annual report is released at the beginning of 2015. In its Q3 report, Sinovel said revenues went up 47.71% to CNY 2.98 billion ($485 million) in January-September. But it made a net loss of CNY 436 million ($71 million). The company said its 2014 net profits are also likely to be in the red. Sinovel, which was once China’s largest manufacturer, has reported losses for the past . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2014 • China, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Deal for U.S., Chinese wind power mired in litigation

The deal was supposed to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in Chinese financing to the U.S. wind power industry, all pulled together by a Dallas entrepreneur with long ties to China. But five years later, E. Patrick Jenevein III and his partners are demanding that the state-owned Aviation Corp. of China pay them $2.3 billion after failing to come through on the promised financing and going behind their backs to buy a Minnesota airplane manufacturer Jenevein brought to their . . . Complete story »


January 8, 2014 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

China National Offshore Oil Corporation ‘to shut renewables division’

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is to close its renewable energy unit as a result of the lacklustre growth in its home market, the Chinese business media has reported. An anonymous source from within senior management at the company told local media that CNOOC New Energy Investment, which operates wind, solar and biomass projects, will be wound down by China’s third largest oil producer as it returns to concentrating on its core activities. A spokesperson for the company has . . . Complete story »


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