Wind Outpaces Nuclear in China
China’s push to install more wind energy capacity has started paying off. Data from the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA) revealed that in 2012, wind energy overtook nuclear power for the very first time to become the country’s third largest source of electricity. The leading two are coal and hydro-electric power.
Since 2007, electricity generation through nuclear power has risen by approximately ten percent annually. In comparison, the development of wind energy has grown by an astonishing 80 percent per year.
Wind farms across China produced 100.4 terawatt hours of electricity in 2012 – that represents two percent more than that generated by nuclear power. Ambitious renewable energy targets have spurred the growth of China’s wind energy initiative, and the gap with nuclear power is expected to widen significantly over the coming years.
Coal is Still America’s Predominant Electricity Source
This chart shows U.S. net electricity generation by top five sources, 1950-2012 (in terawatt hours).
China: growth rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) from 2008 to 2018
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in China 2008-2018
China: Total population from 2008 to 2018 (in millions)
Total population of China 2008-2018
China: Export of goods from 2002 to 2012 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Export of goods from China 2012
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