China Energy Industry

China’s renewable energy targets will include large-scale hydro – state planner

David Stanway
September 4, 2007

Large-scale hydropower development in the country’s southwest will be integral to China’s plans to lift the proportion of renewable energy in its total energy mix to 15% by 2020, said Chen Deming, vice-director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Chen acknowledged that the rapid development of large-scale dams and reservoirs in the southwest has been met with intense criticism. “There are some international non-governmental organizations who have criticized our hydropower development,” he conceded, “but according to our knowledge and experience, we feel that even though it can bring about some impact to the environment, the more important factor is its contribution to reducing energy, atmospheric and environmental pollution.”

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