The central government invested RMB800 million (US$117.2 million) into nuclear power and wind power equipment manufacturers this year, Xinhua
reported, citing China's energy authority. China has 8.7 million kilowatts of installed nuclear capacity as at the end of 2007 and 5.9 million kilowatts of installed wind power capacity. Installed capacity for the two sources is likely to hit 100 million kilowatts by 2020. Currently, 70% of the nation's nuclear power plants employ home-grown technology. Ten one-million-kilowatt capacity nuclear generators will be built over the next five years to meet civil nuclear needs over the coming 20 years. In 2007, 55.4% of newly added wind power equipment was domestically made, outstripping foreign made equipment for the first time. Coal was responsible for 75% of China's power generation in 2007, while nuclear power accounted for just 2%, well below the world's 17% average. The energy authority recently announced the establishment of three 10-million-kilowatt nuclear power plants in Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian provinces, requiring a total investment of RMB130 billion (US$19.04 billion). The proportion of China's energy from wind power was below the world average of 1.3% in 2007. More than ten one-million-kilowatt wind power plants are being built in the north, northwest and northeast of the country.
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