The story of the Chinese wind power industry is remarkable. From a
small number of demonstration projects at the beginning of the century,
the Chinese wind power market has grown to become the world’s largest.
At the end of 2010, it overtook the United States to become the leader in terms of cumulative installed capacity. Even though China used to import 80% of its wind energy equipment, domestic manufacturing has exploded since 2006 and now supplies more than 70% of the domestic market. In 2010, China’s wind power market attracted investments of RMB 89 billion (US$14 billion) and employed over 150,000 people.
This brief describes a number of policy tools that can be employed to drive investment in renewable energy technologies and discusses which policy options may be the best fit based on the commercial maturity of a targeted technology.
By Davida Wood, with Shantanu Dixit (Prayas, India), Chuenchom Sangarasri Greacen (Palang Thai, Thailand), Asclepias Indriyanto (Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics, Indonesia), Bharath Jairaj, Antonio La Vina (Ateneo School of Government, Philippines), and Fabby Tumiwa (Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia) on June 21, 2011
As feed-in tariffs gain traction as a policy mechanism of choice, we must keep in mind the bigger picture of the financial health of developing country electricity sectors.
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