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China's Renewable Energy Use Accounts for 8.3% of Total in 2009
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BEIJING, Jan. 20 -- China's renewable energy consumption accounted for 8.3% of the total last year, said Shi Lishan, deputy director of the National Energy Administration, at a forum today.

Shi said that China's total energy consumption last year was equivalent to 3 billion tons of standard coal, of which more than 90% was derived from fossil fuel resources and 70% from coal.

By 2020, China plans to raise its total hydropower capacity to 300 million kW, wind power capacity to 150 million kW, solar power capacity to 20 million kW and nuclear capacity to 80 million kW, said Shi.

In 2009, China added 89.7 million kW of power generation capacity, boosting the total capacity to 874.07 million kilowatts at the end of 2009. Thermal power capacity rose 8.16% year on year to 652.05 million kW, accounting for 74.60% of the country's total, according to an earlier report from China Knowledge.

Hydropower capacity increased 14.01% from a year earlier to 196.79 million kW last year, accounting for 22.51% of the total. Wind power capacity surged 92.26% to 16.13 million kW last year, and nuclear power capacity stood at 9.08 million kW, with 23.05 million kW of capacity under construction by the end of last year.




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