Opinions Sought for Renewable Energy Development
11 February 2016
China’s National Energy Administration is seeking public comments on renewable energy development during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), involving new investment of about Rmb2.3 trillion. China has pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in the primary energy mix to 15% by 2020, and to 20% by 2030. By the end of 2020, China’s installed hydropower capacity is projected to increase to 380 million kW (about 40 million kW in pumped storage capacity), solar power generation to top 160 million kW (150 million kW photovoltaic power) and wind power generation to reach 250 million kW.
While planning to advance the southwest hydropower energy base and build the three northern (namely, northern, northeast and northwest) wind power bases, distributed PV power generation will account for nearly half of total PV power generation. In the future more supportive policies will be introduced, as well as cost cutting and gaps filling initiatives. For the first time, major projects including renewable energy power generation and energy storage integrated application demonstration bases are explicitly set out.
Many countries in the world develop water, wind, solar and other renewable energy as an important means to address the twin challenges of energy security and climate change. General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design’s preliminary statistics show that China consumed 4.3 billion tonnes of standard coal in 2015, an increase of 0.9% year on year, while the share of non-fossil energy consumption was 12%, up 0.8 percentage point year on year, and 3.4 percentage points over 2010.
Renewable energy, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan being drafted, will focus on installing appropriate scale pumped storage power stations in regions with a relatively large scale development of new energy, setting up wind/water, wind/solar/water and wind/solar/thermal joint operation bases, actively exploring energy storage commercial applications in different settings, technology, scale and sectors and regulating relevant standards and testing systems. State Grid proposed to break down the total capacity and bring them to the provinces, further clarifying the consumption market of renewables bases.
In addition, cost reduction is also an important task for renewables during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.
According to the goals set by General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design, environmental costs will be taken into account by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan period. The tariffs of new wind power projects in resource-rich regions without wind curtailment will be equivalent to the local on-grid power tariffs for thermal electricity. For photovoltaic, the National Energy Administration calls for user-side parity in 2020.
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