According to China’s National Energy Administration, China added a record amount of wind capacity in 2020- almost 72 gigawatts (GW), more than double the previous record. China also added about 48 GW of solar, the most since 2017, and about 13 GW of hydropower. 

What is Happening?

Xiao says, “Against the backdrop of carbon-neutral development, I think the Chinese government will tend to adopt relatively relaxed standards to promote the sector’s development.”

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Wind energy capacity additions in China from 2000-2020 (Source: NEA)

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