China adds 6.3GW of wind this year

China connected 6.32GW of wind to the grid in the first half of 2014, while curtailment fell 35.8% from a year earlier to 7.2GWh.

According to data released by the National Energy Administration, the nationwide curtailment rate fell by 5.14% on the year to 8.5%, while the grid-connected total rose by 23% to 82.77GW.

Wind farms put 76.7GWh of electricity into the grid, up 8.8% from the first six months of 2013.

Northwest China’s Xinjiang region connected the most new wind-generated electricity (1.39GW), followed by Shanxi province (660MW) and the eastern province of Shandong (600MW).

However, average wind utilisation fell by 113 hours to 979 hours.

Yunnan province in southwest China led the nation in average utilisation hours (1,681), followed by the municipality of Tianjin in the northeast (1,332), Sichuan province, which borders northern Yunnan (1,294), and Guizhou province, east of Yunnan (840).

In the northern provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin — where curtailment has been a serious problem — utilisation rates averaged 832 hours and 727 hours, respectively.