China unveils renewable energy development plan

March 18th, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 18 (Xinhua) China’s annual consumption of renewable energy will reach the equivalent of 300 million tons of standard coal by 2010, which would be 10 percent of its total annual energy consumption, under the renewable energy development plan for 2006-2010. The plan was released Tuesday by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planning agency.

The plan says in 2010 renewable energy consumption will nearly double the 2005 level, which was equivalent to 166 million tons of standard coal.

This will lead to a reduction of 3 million tons of sulphur dioxide, and more than 400 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Given the dearth of petroleum and natural gas resources and the large share of coal in China’s energy production, it is difficult for the nation to sustain its development and protect the environment by relying simply on fossil fuels, the NDRC said.

According to the plan the nation by 2010 will have an installed hydropower capacity of 190 million kw and wind power capacity of 10 million kw.

The planners expect that wind power equipment manufacturers should be able to put up generating units with installed capacities of at least 1.5 million watts by 2010.

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