Thursday, February 21, 2013

Amazing Fact: Wind Passes Nuclear Power In China

In the next 20 years, it is possible that wind generation may provide more electricity in the USA than nuclear. For that to occur, both wind would have to grow considerably and nuclear production would likely have to decrease significantly.

Meanwhile, during 2012, China generated 100.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from wind, pushing it pass nuclear.  By contrast, in the USA nuclear generated 778 billion kwh or about 5 times wind's total.

The Chinese wind sector still suffers from inadequate transmission to carry power produced to market.  An incredible 20 billion kilowatt-hours of wind power in China is wasted!

The king of production in China remains coal, and hydro is a distant second.  Unlike the USA, where gas provided 30% of our electricity, gas barely registers in China's power sector.

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