Wind will power rural China

April 2, 2009 at 11:47 AM

BEIJING, April 2 (UPI) -- The Chinese government recently passed a policy in Beijing allowing the Inner Mongolia autonomous regional government to increase its wind power.

The Inner Mongolia government said its installed wind-power capacity reached 3 million kilowatts at the end of 2008, and it expects that to increase by 50 percent by the end of 2009, Xinhua reports.

At a recent forum in Beijing, Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said China should "develop clean and environment-friendly new energy resources" as part of the country's plan to stimulate the economy.

China's total wind-power capacity increased from 400,000 kilowatts in 2001 to 6 million kilowatts in 2007, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, which drafted a long-term plan for renewable energy in 2007.

China's goal is to get 10 percent of its energy from renewable-energy resources by 2020.

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