China Blazes a Trail in Wind Energy


The competition in cleantech between the U.S. and China is heating up. In a press release issued last month, China’s state owned State Grid Corporation of China estimated that accommodated wind power will exceed 90 GW by 2015 and 150 GW by 2020.

As part of China’s wind energy growth, China’s industrial strength has begun to flex its muscle. On the heels of an agreement to provide wind turbines in the US for wind farms located in Rhode Island and Ohio, Xinjiang Goldwind recently inked a supply agreement to provide Zhongjieneng Wind Power Shares Co Ltd with 80 2.5 MW wind turbines.

The recent deals inked by Xinjiang Goldwind demonstrate China’s tremendous growth at home and abroad. One group that may not be happy about all this is the United Steelworkers. While the United Steelworkers claim that Chinese government is providing illegal subsidies to the domestic wind industry, this actually may be a case of the haves and the have nots. The Chinese government has plenty of money to spend, while the US Government wrestles over an increased debt ceiling and budget cuts that will touch every industry, including cleantech.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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