China Harnessing the Wind

China’s goal to go green in the Middle Kingdom moves forward due to the wind and the sea along China’s long coast, which runs about 9,010 miles or 14,300 km.

“China has the largest wind resources in the world, and three-quarters of them are offshore,” Barbara Finamore, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office, told Scientific American.

China has an estimated offshore wind power potential of more than 750 gigawatts, far greater than the country’s land-based wind potential of 253. Source: UPI.com

There’s an advantage having China’s government when it comes to creating green energy.  In the U.S., the first potential offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts took nearly a decade for approval and still faces potential regulatory and judicial obstacles.

While the U.S. struggles to get clearance for its first offshore wind farm, the world’s largest offshore wind farm started producing energy in 2010 off the British coast, the London Array, and now produces 620 megawatts, which is enough electricity to heat about 500,000 British homes. (London Array)

In China, the first offshore wind farm is near Shanghai and started supplying power to the city in July, 2010 with 102 megawatts being generated today.  The second offshore wind farm is Jiangsu Rudong Inter-tidal Wind Farm generating 150 megawatts. Nine more offshore wind farms are expected to start construction in 2014; when completed it is expected they’ll generate more than 1800 megawatts of electricity. (Offshore Wind China)

Learn more about China Going Green

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

His latest novel is the multiple-award winning Running with the Enemy.

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7 Responses to China Harnessing the Wind

  1. Ken Chan says:

    Hi Lloyd,

    Thank you for this article. It is much appreciated as I am in renewable energy technologies in China and endeavouring to contribute something to address climate change.

    Regards,
    Ken

    • You’re welcome.

      It’s obvious that China is making a huge effort to deal with climate change while at the same time working hard to improve the standard of living for all Chinese.

      With more then four times the population of the US, imagine the pollution produced if China doesn’t achieves its renewable energy goals,

      Meanwhile, the US has been falling behind thanks to Tea Party politics and the efforts of the Koch brothers, billionaires who own the largest oil company in the US. The Koch brothers have been identified as the source of funding behind global warming deniers that claim warming is not caused by CO2 pollution. What the Koch brothers are doing will hurt everyone on the earth eventually if they succeed at stopping or slowing up the implementation of clean air standards and the development of alternative green energy sources in the US. The Koch brothers are doing all they can to keep oil king and they have been fined several times (hundreds of millions of US dollars) for violating clean air standards in the oil company the own.

  2. I’m totally in favor of environmental protection laws. But somehow, in the US, we seem to pass laws that not only don’t protect the environment, but effectively work against it. I’m not sure how we do it, but we are continuing the trashing of our environment using the laws that are supposed to preserve it. How do we do this? It’s remarkable, really.

    • Look no further than two of the four Koch brothers who are worth more than $30 billion each. These two billionaires are part of the privatization movement in the US to destroy public education and they also want to gut the power of the federal government to do anything, because politically, they are Libertarians who were raised as Catholics.

      As for the environment, these two Koch brothers have funded think tanks and counter studies that claim global warming is not caused by CO2 emissions so there is no need for clean air standards. They fight dirty, no pun intended.

      They also own the largest private sector oil company in the US, the source of their great wealth (a company started by their father who made his first fortune working for Stalin in Communist Russia to build the Soviet Union’s oil industry.). To achieve their draconian goals, these two brothers fund super packs and buy the election victories of politicians who then do as they are told or else they lose the financial support. These Koch brothers are subverting democracy to achieve goals based on their extreme political/religious thinking and increase their already bloated wealth.

      • This stuff really depresses me. When we were young, we truly believed if we worked together and exposed the truth, it would change things for the better. Surely, we thought, those who do this stuff do it out of ignorance and all they need is to understand how much damage they are causing.

        What we never considered is there are people so greedy, so EVIL (dare I use that word? I think it’s pretty accurate) that they don’t CARE how much damage they do, don’t give a rat’s ass what happens to the world as long as they can keep those $$$ coming in.

        After you have more money than you can possibly spend in 3 lifetimes … why does it matter how much more you get or even IF you keep getting more? It’s like Uncle Scrooge McDuck and his silly money piles. But much uglier and with nothing to laugh at.

      • I’m listening to the audio book of “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It s about Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and the corruption they both fought from the robber barons of that era.

        Reading this book teaches me that nothing’s changed and the only way to defeat the robber barons of public education is to join others to fight back.

        http://www.amazon.com/Bully-Pulpit-Theodore-Roosevelt-Journalism/dp/141654786X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392316067&sr=1-1&keywords=the+bully+pulpit

        If you haven’t followed Diane Ravitch, I suggest you do so and leave comments showing support. IT looks like Ravitch is the muckraker of the 21st century who may end up defeating these latest robber barons. Her blog is a bully pulpit and it’s up to us to spread the word and get others to read her.

        http://dianeravitch.net/

      • I actually have the book on both audible on hard copy, but it’s another one that’s going to wait until after the surgery. No brain for that stuff right now. But I’ll get to it. I love Doris Kearns Goodwin’s work. I’ve read all of it to date. And I love it best on Audible 🙂

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