China targets to use 478m tonnes of renewable energy by 2015

08 August 2012 09:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China aims to boost its renewable energy usage to the equivalent of 478m tonnes/year of coal by 2015, with 400m tonnes set for commercial use, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday.

The new target means renewable energy will account for more than 9.5% of the country’s total energy needs by 2015, the NEA announced in its12th Five-Year Development Plan for Renewable Energy (2011-2015).

Renewable energy refers to hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass energy, which are more environmental-friendly than conventional fossil energies.

Under the plan, China will have an installed hydropower generated capacity of 290m kilowatts (kW), while wind power and solar power capacity will reach 100m kW and 21m kW respectively by 2015.

China also aims to increase the biomass energy and geothermal energy usage to the equivalent of 50m tonnes/year and 15m tonnes/year of coal respectively by 2015.

By: Fanny Zhang
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