China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) is stepping up efforts to wean the country’s vast wind fleet off subsidies, with more than 700MW of new projects already picked to lead the way under an initiative that sceptics claim is destined to fizzle out in the face of endemic national curtailment.

“Wind projects will be independent of subsidy around 2020 to 2022,” said Liang Zhipeng the vice-director of NEA’s New Energy and Renewable Division, setting out its stall in his keynote speech to the 2017 China Windpower conference in Beijing last month.