China Sets Renewable Energy Quota for Power Companies

China has told power companies that 5 percent of their electricity will have to come from renewable energy sources by 2010, increasing to 10 percent by 2020.

Published: 14-Jan-2006

BEIJING - China has told power companies that 5 percent of their electricity will have to come from renewable energy sources by 2010, as the country tries to diversify away from fossil fuels to power its fast-growing economy, a news report said Friday.

Zhang Guobao, vice-minister of China's top economic planning body, said the quota would increase to 10 percent by 2020, according to the China Daily newspaper. Wind and solar power are included but nuclear and hydropower are not, Zhang said.

"Although the proposed percentage might not sound like a big number, it will mean a substantial increase for China and it will boost the use of these new energies," Zhang said.

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