China State Grid adds links to more wind generators in Q1

BEIJING Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:40pm BST

Workers install a new electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province January 2, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

Workers install a new electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province January 2, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/China Daily

BEIJING (Reuters) - The State Grid Corp of China (SGCC) added wind power grid connections in the first quarter, boosting overall connected capacity by 17 percent, the dominant Chinese power distributor said.

At the end of March, 33.16 gigawatts of wind power generating capacity was connected to its networks, SGCC said in a report on its website (www.sgcc.com.cn).

A total of 28.26 GW of wind power generators had grid connections in areas covered by SGCC at the end of last year.

After adding 16 GW of new wind power capacity last year, or a boost of 62 percent, China had 41.8 GW of capacity, the world's largest, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Some Chinese wind farms have been working far below capacity since the local grid was unable to accommodate the rising number of intermittent energy sources. Some wind turbines have never been connected to the grid.

The government was considering ways to ensure grid connections for output generated from planned wind power capacity of 90 GW by 2015, China's National Energy Administration has said.

(Reported by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by Ken Wills)