China pulls the emergency brake in response to too many turbines

Five Chinese regions were instructed to immediately halt the installation of new wind-turbine parks, because both local demand and transmission capacity are not significant enough to justify further expansion of wind energy.

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A number of Chinese provinces are building so many wind turbines that it will be impossible for consumers to use all the electricity. The national energy authority has therefore requested three regions to postpone planned wind-energy projects, and two regions were ordered to immediately halt approving additional projects.

The Chinese energy-monitoring warning system has classified the provinces Xinjaing, Gansu and Jilin as critical in regard to excess output paired with insufficient demand. This means that even approved wind installations will have to be postponed, and further project approval must not be given until the existing power can be utilized.

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