China plans to launch renewable power quota system

The Chinese government plans to soon launch a new renewable power quota system in a bid to make better use of its renewable energy resources. According to a draft proposal by the National Energy Administration (NEA), the central government will start setting minimum targets for renewable energy consumption, by region, from 2019. The draft outlines setting regional quotas based on their renewable energy resources, with hydropower-rich Sichuan in southwest China required to bring renewables to 80 per cent of total power consumption, compared to only 9.5 per cent in coal-dependent Shandong province in the east. The quota will be increased in 2020 when China looks to increase the proportion of renewable energy use in its total energy mix. The government has set a national target to raise clean energy use to 15 per cent by 2020 and 20 per cent by 2030 vis-à-vis 13.8 per cent in 2017.

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