China to unveil plan for hydropower

By year’s end, China will unveil a plan for developing new sources of clean energy, including hydroelectric, wind, and solar power, said Sun Qin, vice head of China’s National Energy Administration.

During an energy forum in southern Guangzhou, Qin said the “new energy” plan would reduce China’s reliance on coal, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the country’s electricity generation. Qin did not provide further details.

The coal-dependent nation has committed to making renewable energy 15 percent of its energy mix by 2020, with much of that power coming from giant hydro projects like 22,400-MW Three Gorges.

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