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That much of the windpower potential generation in Inner Mongolia can't yet be shipped South is true. In fact, Nation-wide, nearly 40% of installed wind capacity wasn't even grid-connected at the beginning of last year. I'm told it's just a bit better now.

But the energy plan acknowledges this, and has strong grid build planned or already underway.

The critical analysis is that while china's wind industry is huge, it is also young. Turbine performance has a real stretch before it reaches European standards. China may have "unlimited" technical and O&M support workers, but few of them have any long term experience.

Still, the infrastructure problem is already being solved, and because it's China, can be solved far quicker than anywhere else.

The prime argument on why Europe is not "losing" to China is simply the technology can't yet cut it, or if it can, there's no evidence, as there's virtually no reliable data.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 03:02:14 AM EST
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Still, the infrastructure problem is already being solved, and because it's China, can be solved far quicker than anywhere else.

Do you have any sources for that actual construction is underway on this?

One of the issues with China is that Beijing is relatively weak compared to the provinces, although the top leadership is cycled much of the actual power remains in the hands of local CCP membership that is less mobile.

So the problem politically is that you have many local and provincial fiefdoms that essentially do their own thing.  Even in the realm of state owned enterprises, many of the most important, including as I understand it important power firms, are not owned by the center. It's own of the developmental deficiencies of the Chinese system. Beijing does big talk, but they have relatively little actual control.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 09:00:14 AM EST
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