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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 734;

Wind Power Development in China: An Assessment of Provincial Policies

School of Management, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
Economic and Trade Department, Henan Institute of Technology, Xinxiang 453000, China
School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Academic Editor: Andrew Kusiak
Received: 29 May 2016 / Revised: 26 July 2016 / Accepted: 27 July 2016 / Published: 29 July 2016
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Wind energy has become a fast growing industry in China in the last decade. The development of the wind energy industry presents interesting policy questions. In the context of China, in additional to national energy policies, provincial policies were designed and implemented to stimulate the growth of wind power. This paper examines factors, especially provincial wind energy policies, in driving the growth of wind power capacity in the Chinese provinces. Statistical analysis with a longitudinal data set for wind power capacity in Chinese provinces from 2001 to 2012 reveals that the adoption of wind energy policies and a general energy plan at the provincial level are having positive effects on the growth of wind capacity in Chinese provinces. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind power; policy designs; wind capacity; policy evaluation wind power; policy designs; wind capacity; policy evaluation

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Zhang, X.; Wang, D.; Liu, Y.; Yi, H. Wind Power Development in China: An Assessment of Provincial Policies. Sustainability 2016, 8, 734.

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