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China's energy plan reduces reliance on coal

By Agencies
 China's energy plan reduces reliance on coal

A man shovels earth in a field outside a power plant in Xingtai, southern Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 10, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones)

BEIJING - Chinese officials have imposed limits on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.

Under the State Council's development plan issued Wednesday, energy consumption by 2020 must be no more than 28 percent higher than the 2013 level.

The Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020) promises more efficient, self-sufficient, green and innovative energy production and consumption, with a cap on annual primary energy consumption set at 4.8 billion tons of standard coal equivalent until 2020.

Annual coal consumption will be held below 4.2 billion tons until 2020, 16.3 percent more than the 3.6 billion tons burned last year, according to the National Coal Association.

The share of non-fossil fuels in the total primary energy mix will rise to 15 percent by the same year from 9.8 percent in 2013, according to the plan.

The share of natural gas will be raised to above 10 percent and that of coal will be reduced to under 62 percent. Production of both shale gas and coalbed methane could reach 30 billion cubic meters by 2020.

Construction of new nuclear power plants in eastern coastal areas will begin at a proper time after feasibility studies of building such plants in inland regions. Installed nuclear power capacity will reach 58 gigawatts and that under construction will top 30 gigawatts by 2020.

Installed capacity of hydro-, wind and solar power is expected to stand at 350 gigawatts, 200 gigawatts and 100 gigawatts, respectively.

Energy self-sufficiency will be boosted to around 85 percent.

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