Wind – Goldwind opens new blade material plant with Swancor: Goldwind has partnered with resin producer Swancor to build a new facility for blade coatings in Jiangsu. Goldwind has a 60% stake in the facility. (Windpower Monthly, in English)

Wind – Construction kicks off at two facilities: Huanghe Hydropower has started construction at the 49.5 MW Gayakou project in Qinghai, with plans for completion by year-end 2014. (Windpower Intelligence, in English) Similarly, SinhoHydro has started construction at its 50 MW Guanjiazui facility near Hengyang. (Windpower Intelligence, in English)

Wind and solar – Curtailment report released: The report, which is based on data from multiple sources, paints a bleak picture for curtailment in 2014, saying the large number of projects added in 2013 and the full pipeline of new projects approved for 2014 implies a worsening curtailment situation for this year. In the first quarter of this year, Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia have all seen higher wind curtailment numbers. There is some good news: Gansu province has seen wind curtailment fall substantially from prior years due to the addition of new transmission lines. (BJX, in Chinese)

Wind and solar – State Grid figures show slow solar additions: State Grid connected only 2.33 GW of new PV in the first half of 2014, according to figures released at a conference this past week. The vast majority of PV connections are large, central power plants, leaving the government far from achieving its goals on distributed solar. (Solar of Week, in Chinese) State Grid also reported adding 5.6 GW of wind in the first half of 2014. (Chinapower, in Chinese) Note these figures account for most, but not all, additions, since they exclude China Southern Grid.

Solar – FirstSolar officially cancels 2 GW Ordos project: The project, announced with fanfair in 2009, had been on ice for years while FirstSolar’s JV partners (most recently, Guangdong Nuclear) dithered on price and other issues. (PV-Tech, in English)

Energy storage – CNESA calls for new policies to promote storage:  CNESA notes that energy storage can promote government goals for distributed solar, as well as help areas with weak local grids. (BJX, in Chinese)

Electric vehicles – The central government wants governments to purchase 30% EVs by 2016: EVs should make up at least 30% of new government vehicle purchases by 2016, and the proportion may be raised if that target can be met. (Daily Energy Report, in English)