China to build 920-MW Luding, 880-MW Dongjing

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved construction of two hydroelectric projects totaling 1,800 MW as part of an effort to increase the amount of renewable energy in the nation’s energy mix.

The official China Daily reported NDRC approved the 920-MW Luding project in Sichuan Province and the 880-MW Dongjing project in Ghizhou Province. NDRC also approved two wind farms totaling 200 MW.

Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration, said it is time to restructure China’s energy mix by developing more renewable energy alternatives and by boosting clean energy consumption.

Zhang said China should increase renewable energy investment even though the financial crisis has reduced the conflict between energy supply and demand.

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