China becomes greatest producer of wind energy



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Almost 50% of all new wind turbines in 2015 were built in China. Considering that, it’s no surprise that the country has become the biggest producer of wind energy. But China is showing that its determination in greening its economy is real and it’s not slowing down.

According to statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Wednesday, China installed 30,500 megawatts of new wind power last year, compared to the world total of 63,000 MW. Right now, China has an estimated 145,100 MW of wind power, out of the global total of 432,400 MW.

This also doesn’t come as a surprise if you’ve followed similar news in China recently. The countryquadrupled its solar energy last year and their economy has finally decoupled from coal consumption, but they’re paying the price of decades of massive fossil fuel consumption, fighting with air pollution and smog. According to a report, only 8 Chinese big cities meet requirements forair pollution. The best solution, at least for now, is clear: stop burning so many fossil fuels, focus more on renewable energy.