Sustainable power is 8pc of total energy supply, says expert

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2007, 12:00am

Development of sustainable power surged on the mainland last year to account for 8 per cent of total energy supply, said Shi Dinghuan , president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society.

Mr Shi yesterday forecast that renewable energy, including water, wind, solar and biomass supplies, could satisfy 15 per cent of the mainland's total energy demand by 2020 and up to 30 per cent by 2050, Xinhua reported.

After the Renewable Energy Law came into effect in January last year, the generating capacity of wind power reached 1.33 million kW in just one year, more than the total for the past two decades, he said.

But Mr Shi said that the lack of incentives, market protection, advanced technology and skilled personnel were key problems hindering the development of renewable energy.

Yang Chunping , a director at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it was difficult to persuade the public to share the high cost of developing renewable energy.