Hydropower capacity in China to double

The Chinese government is expecting a boom in the construction of new hydropower capacity, according to a state-owned news service in China.

Water Resources Minister Chen Lei told the Xinhua news agency that China’s hydropower capacity is expected to nearly double to 300,000 MW by 2020. Lei also said hydropower would play a more valuable role in China’s strategy for energy security in the future.

China, which has 172,000 MW of hydropower capacity, relies on coal-fired power for 70 percent of its electricity needs. China is turning to hydropower and wind power in a bid to improve the environment and meet demand.

China is expected to unveil a plan for developing new sources of clean energy, including hydropower, by year’s end. (HydroWorld 8/10/09)

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