China added almost 72GW of new wind power in 2020, according to official figures that reflected a frenzy of developer activity to beat the deadline for onshore wind subsidy cut-off, and which could make last year a record one for global wind growth.

The 71.7GW figure reported by the country’s National Energy Administration is three times the NEA’s tally for last year, and took annual additions to levels variously described by commentators as "staggering" and "mind-boggling" even by the standards of the world’s largest renewable energy market.