China loves nuclear power. It’s currently building more nuclear reactors than any other planet on Earth, with plans to triple its nuclear power production by 2020. But at the same time, it’s getting 100 percent behind the potential of wind power, expanding its capacity to harvest it at an even speedier rate than nuclear.
Just last year, the total amount of energy harvested from China’s wind farms went up an impressive 16 percent from the previous year, and was enough to power 110 million homes. That’s pretty incredible. Compared directly to their nuclear power output, the 115 gigawatts of wind power produced by China in 2014 dwarfed the 20,000 megawatts (a gigawatt is 1,000 megawatts) from its nuclear sector, as Richard Macauley points out at Quartz, and is more than the total output of power from all of the nuclear plants in the US.
And it’s not just about the environment, says Macauley. China’s identified wind power as the most practical form of energy for them, as they struggle to produce enough water for their nuclear plants, and after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, they’re not putting any of those plants on earthquake-prone land. It makes so much sense for China that the Earth Policy Institute reports that its wind power goal is to have 200 gigawatts connected to the grid by 2020. Via China’s wind farms produce more energy than America’s nuclear plants