Wind power in China leaves nuclear in its dust

Wind power breezed past nuclear energy based electricity generation in China last year; producing 2 per cent more power.

According to the Earth Policy Institute, the gap will widen in the years ahead.

While Chinese officials believed the nation would reach 40,000 megawatts of nuclear power by 2015; that was before Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. After that occurred, the Chinese government suspended new reactor approvals and launched a safety review of plants in operation and also those under construction.

The moratorium on approvals was lifted in October 2012, with the catch that any new reactors must be Generation III; believed to be much safer. That stipulation was a stick in the spokes for China’s nuclear industry and it has continued to struggle since.

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