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China to add 49 GW of renewable energy in 2013

An additional 49 gigawatts of renewables is going to be added to China’s energy mix this year as the country looks to raise its power production without increasing fossil fuel consumption.

Specifically, the country will add 21 gigawatts of hydroelectric power, 18 gigawatts of wind power and 10 gigawatts of solar power, according to the National Energy Administration.

These new targets were confirmed during a national energy work meeting held in Beijing on Tuesday.

In addition, the meeting issued calls to increase the effective supply of domestic energy to ensure overall stable energy supply and demand throughout the year, the strengthening of energy technology innovations and the expansion of reforms on the national energy system.

Now the world’s largest energy producer and consumer, China must develop energy that coincides with its available resources, turning from excessive dependence on conventional hydrocarbon energy to more reliance on new and renewable energy, stated the N.E.A.

Under its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) for National Economic and Social Development, the China seeks to increase its renewable energy capacity by 11.4 percent by 2015. By 2020, renewable energy should account for 15 percent of its total primary energy use. – EcoSeed Staff

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