Regional Renewable Energy Policy in China 2009

Amber Sharick, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research

The development for renewables within China is discussed in context to its growing population, growing per capita income, improving energy efficiency and the increasing demand for energy across all sectors. The details of the China Climate Program are highlighted, which includes renewable energy (RE) targets and incentives (15% of primary energy consumption and 20% of electricity by 2020). In terms of other renewable policy developments, China has: a renewable energy law; national RE targets; a requirement for national resource surveys; and mid- and long- term Provincial targets (a similar situation to national RE targets in the EU). A renewable energy development plan to 2020 includes an aim to install 30GW of onshore grid connected wind across its provinces and 1GW of offshore wind capacity; with a suggestion that 200 million megawatt hours of electricity from non-hydropower renewable energy projects will be needed by 2020.

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