Wind of change is blow­ing through en­ergy sec­tor

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By MENG FANBIN in Bei­jing and YUAN HUI in Ho­hhot

Coal min­ing has become a way of life for In­ner Mon­go­lia but a new wave of green en­ergy is about to change that.

Bu Xiaolin, chair­man of North China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, talked with pride about the new wind farms that are dot­ted around the re­gion as he out­lined a vi­sion of a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

“The re­gion is speed­ing up the de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion of new en­ergy in­dus­tries,” he said last month. “This will boost the area’s power struc­ture, and in­crease eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.”

En­ergy gen­er­ated by wind power in the north­ern Chi­nese re­gion ex­ceeded a record 10 mil­lion kilo­watts in May, ac­cord­ing to the In­ner Mon­go­lia Power (Group) Co Ltd.

The elec­tric­ity com­pany also re­ported that the 154 wind farms in the area gener- ated 16,036 megawatts or 25 per­cent of to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity.

“In­ner Mon­go­lia will con­tinue to ex­pand its re­new­able en­ergy pro­gram dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (201620),” stated the new en­ergy depart­ment, which is run by the In­ner Mon­go­lia De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

The re­gion now has the largest in­te­grated wind power grid in China as it pushes ahead to con­sign fos­sil fu­els to his­tory.

“We have a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­at­ing and man­ag­ing wind power farms and grids,” the new en­ergy depart­ment stated.

Last year, In­ner Mon­go­lia’s wind power grid gen­er­ated 25.56 mil­lion kW, a record for China.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment data showed that was 17 per­cent of the na­tional to­tal in the coun­try last year.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion gen­erat- ed by wind farms was 46.6 bil­lion kWh or 19.3 per­cent of the over­all to­tal in China.

Wind power has also re­duced 4,170 met­ric tons of smoke dust, 21,800 tons of sul­fur diox­ide and 1,950 tons of ni­tro­gen ox­ides by re­plac­ing fos­sil fuel al­ter­na­tives, lo­cal gov­ern­ment fig­ures high­lighted.

“Wind farms and pho­to­voltaic (so­lar) power can ef­fec­tively pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of re­new­able in­dus­tries,” said Bi Guochen, deputy mayor of Ho­hhot, the cap­i­tal of In­ner Mon­go­lia. “It is also an ef­fec­tive way to trans­form the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pat­tern.”

Con­tact the writer at meng­fan­bin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

SU WEIZHONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Two farm­ers on a trac­tor pass through a wind power farm in In­ner Mon­go­lia.

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