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China, the world’s largest carbon emitter due to its dependence on coal, plans
to add 49 gigawatts of renewable-energy capacity this year in an effort to boost
power production without increasing its reliance on fossil fuels.
China will add 21 gigawatts of hydroelectric capacity, 18 gigawatts of wind
generation and 10 gigawatts of solar, according to a statement today on the
website of the National Energy Administration. The agency, a unit of the
National Development Reform Commission, reported the results of a national work
meeting on energy in Beijing yesterday and was attended by Zhang Ping, who heads
That will exceed other forecasts for China’s wind and solar development. The
country is expected to surpass Germany to become the largest solar market by
installing as much as 5.39 gigawatts of photovoltaic panels this year, according
to a November report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The London- based
research company anticipates 16.3 gigawatts of new, land- based wind capacity in
China this year.
“China must develop energy in sync with the ecosystem, turning from excessive
reliance on conventional hydrocarbon energy to more reliance on new and
renewable energy,” according to the statement.
The world’s second-largest economy also will promote more efficient use of coal
and will develop its shale-gas and coal- gas deposits and non-conventional oil
and gas resources.