Renewables to account for 10% of primary energy next year

15:00, November 03, 2009      

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Next year, China can basically achieve the goal of "renewable energy accounting for up to 10% of primary energy". That's according to Deputy Director Li Junfeng of the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) speaking at China Energy and Environment Summit on November 2, reported Shanghai Securities News. Currently China's renewable energy accounts for 9% of primary energy.

At the same time Li Junfeng confirmed to reporters, NDRC is drawing up "guidance on renewable energy development."

He said that in this 10% proportion, hydropower accounts for up to 8%, followed by wind power which accounts for about 1%. The development of solar water heaters makes a significant contribution to the use of renewable energy sources. At present it has reached 150 million square meters.

It is understood the proportion of hydropower in primary energy rising from 5% at the end of 2008 to 8% next year means that in the next two years China's hydropower generation capacity will increase by 60%. That 1% of wind power means increase in wind power generation capacity will double.

"At present, we assume it is not very difficult to reach 10% next year," Li Junfeng said, "China does not have to worry about development of all kinds of clean energy being too slow, on the contrary China should pay attention to their developing too fast, including nuclear energy, wind, solar and other new energy sources. They have been developing rapidly."

Professor Liu Yijun, natural gas expert from China University of Petroleum, said China was working to adopt a market development approach for the benchmark price of natural gas. There is now a program of price reform, but China will consider the overall economic recovery situation under the economic crisis and launch it at the proper time. However, taking the differences in users into account, natural gas will not adopt a uniform pricing system.`

Liu pointed out that in the future the focus of reform lies not only in natural gas prices, but also the industrial structure of natural gas. "We hope the government will carry out structural reforms, and achieve security of gas supplies through a multi-level peak shaving."

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