Report shows wind power booming in China

Beijing received its first burst of wind-generated electricity on Saturday, as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported that renewable energy investment in China grew by 91% last year, to US$10.8 billion.

Most of this investment flowed to the wind-power industry, state media said, citing UNEP’s report, "Global Trends in Substantial Energy Investment 2008". China’s wind power capacity doubled last year, to 6,000 megawatts.

"Wind and solar power have been taking the hottest spots for renewable energy investment," Zhang Shigang, from UNEP China, was quoted as saying.

Guanting wind-power plant in suburban Beijing came on stream on July 19. It will supply 100 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year, the report said, enough to power around 100,000 households.

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