Wind Power

• Worldwide capacity of wind energy is
approaching 100 000 MW
• Costs of generating electricity from
wind today are only about 10% of
what they were 20 years ago due to
advances in turbine technology
• At well chosen locations wind power
can compete with conventional
sources of energy

lower costs • Enhanced appearance – turbines rotate at a lower speed & are more visually pleasing • Better grid integration – connection method is similar to conventional power plants .Advantages of modern multimegawatt turbines (repowering) • More wind power from the same area of land • Less wind turbines • Higher efficiency.

Concerns • Huge turbines located nearby will blight homes & affect property values • Hum of turbines disturbing people & wildlife • Skylines in scenically beautiful areas ruined • Turbines can kill birds – migratory flocks tend to follow strong wind • Affect TV reception • Cost of investing in wind energy is high compared to the alternatives .

Wind China’s fastest growing renewable energy resource .

an addition of roughly 12 terawatt hours (TWh) more electricity.• China’s wind power production actually increased more than coal power production for the first time ever in 2012. In contrast.  .  according to new statistics from the China Electricity Council • Thermal power use (coal) grew by only about 0. wind power production expanded by about 26 TWh.3% in China during 2012.

.• Total amount of wind power production in China is brought to 100 TWh. • Coal still accounts for 79% of electricity production in China. but is challenged by competition from cleaner energy. as well as government policies and public concerns about air pollution.

13 gigawatts (GW) were added to the system. unused wind electricity hit record highs while wind not connected to the grid was roughly half the size of Germany’s fleet . and incremental wind electricity production exceeded coal growth for the first time ever • In the same year. Largest yet most inefficient wind power system in the world? • In 2012.

however. and transmission investments to connect to the grid did not keep up pace.Disadvantages • Wind projects are typically far from city and industrial centres where electricity is needed. unable to sell their electricity . • A third of the turbines in 2010 were languishing unconnected.


in particular. bypassing more rigorous feasibility analyses. related to grid access.•  China had until mid-2011 a unique policy that exacerbated the wind-grid mismatch: • all projects smaller than 50 MW could be approved directly by local governments.  .

• Grid operators make decisions a day ahead on which thermal plants to turn on.• If you are a wind farm owner and have successfully connected to the grid. so if wind is significantly higher than forecasted 24 hours before. the difference may be curtailed (or “spilled”) to maintain grid stability. . you might still face hurdles when trying to transmit your power to load centres.

• To manage hourly variation. The thermodynamics of fossil fuel plants place limits on this flexibility .• If wind is at the end of a congested transmission line. the grid operator may also have to curtail. as happens in ERCOT (Texas’ grid) and northwest China. grid operators will accept wind as much as they can ramp up and down other generators to maintain supply and demand balance.

attributable to two factors: China’s mix is coal-heavy which is more sluggish when changing output than.China’s curtailment problems are much more severe than for its peers • This difference is largely. natural gas. though not exclusively. for example. .


. • There may be messy politics if wind cuts into the quotas of existing plants. • A product of the partial deregulation (1997 and 2002) .the establishment of “generation quotas” for coal plants: minimum annual generation outputs fixed by province loosely to recover costs and ensure a profit.Political fragmentation • Idiosyncrasies of China’s power sector governance results in spilled wind.

3. among others. allow for retail price competition and direct electricity contracts between producers and large consumers. establish a wholesale market in each dispatch region to encourage competition in • Targeted reforms: • The guiding document for power sector reform published in 2002 (State Council [2002] No. open up inter-regional electricity markets. 2. . 5): 1.

and compensation schemes of coal generators for ramping services.• Better implementation of existing regulations (such as a mandate that grids give precedence to renewables over thermal plants) • additional requirements on wind forecasting and automated turbine control. • Due to these policies and central government pressure to better accommodate renewables : all provinces except Hebei saw an increase in utilization hours in the first half of 2013 .

over twice in percentage terms of current levels. • China aims to generate at least 390 TWh of electricity from wind in 2020. typical wind integration approaches such as increased transmission are important but not sufficient.conclusion • Due to the unique mix of power plants and regulation in China. This will put additional stresses on the nation’s purse and power grid. . which is roughly 5% of total production under business-asusual.

• How China chooses to face these conflicts and grow its wind sector – through a combination of more investment and targeted reforms – will have unavoidable implications for the long-term viability of wind energy in the country. .

org/climate/201 3/03/20/1744741/chinas-wind-power-pr oduction-increased-more-than-coal-po wer-did-for-first-time-ever-in-2012/ • el-davidson/259871/transforming-chin a-s-grid-integrating-wind-energy-itblows-away • rtrapier/397011/when-wind-doesn-t-b low .Sources • http://thinkprogress.

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