China targets 20% renewable energy by 2020

When Beijing puts its focus on something (good or bad) it’s tough to stop. In this case this new initiative is good and worth noting. Thanks to Republicans in the US, we’re able to be followers instead of leaders. How crazy is that? Who really wants to be a leader in a fast growing market worth billions if not trillions, anyway? Good move.

Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-chairman of China’s national development and reform commission, told the Guardian that Beijing would easily surpass current 2020 targets for the use of wind and solar power and was now contemplating targets that were more than three times higher.

In the current development plan, the goal for wind energy is 30 gigawatts. Zhang said the new goal could be 100GW by 2020.

“Similarly, by 2020 the total installed capacity for solar power will be at least three times that of the original target [3GW],” Zhang said in an interview in London. China generates only 120 megawatts of its electricity from solar power, so the goal represents a 75-fold expansion in just over a decade.

“We are now formulating a plan for development of renewable energy. We can be sure we will exceed the 15% target. We will at least reach 18%. Personally I think we could reach the target of having renewables provide 20% of total energy consumption.”


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