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According to officials from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), China plans to more than triple its wind power generation capacity by 2010.

The Chinese market was boosted as a result of the country's National Renewable Energy Law, which entered into force on Jan. 1, 2006. Because of this law and other initiatives, 1,050 MW of new capacity were installed in 2006 - up from 498 MW in 2004. The current government target is to install 5,000 MW of wind power capacity by 2010 and 30,000 MW by 2020.

"The government's preferential policies and companies' willingness to invest will enable China to become one of the biggest markets for the wind power industry," says Li Junfeng, secretary general of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association. "We can expect the total installed capacity to be 8,000 MW by 2010, which would surpass the government's target of 5,000 MW."

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