China imposes 15 per cent wind quota on utilities

The Chinese government has imposed a quota on energy companies to source 15 per cent of their energy from wind farms.

China has the world's largest wind energy capacity but struggles to transmit electricity from generating areas in the North to population centres in the south and east because expensive grid connections have lagged behind turbine installations, leaving some new sites idle, reports Business Green.

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Imposing a quota on energy companies should begin to solve the problem, experts predicted, although building ultra-high voltage lines is likely to take several years.

Analysts also warned utilities will remain disinclined to build transmission lines while China's energy pricing policy makes producing electricity from solar panels and wind turbines unprofitable.

China's ruling party is keen to ensure renewable energy accounts for 9.5 per cent of total consumption by 2015.

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