First Chinese Renewable Energy Law to Debut in 2005

November 26, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

China’s first law on renewable energy is likely to debut in the second half of next year at the earliest, according to an official involved in its drafting. This is part of government efforts to increase the use of renewable energy, such as hydropower, wind power, bio-mass and solar energy, from less than 1% now to 10% by 2020. The drive to promote renewable energy comes as the government acts to slow soaring demand for conventional fuels and cut down on pollution.

Wang Zhongying, director of the renewable energy development center of the Energy Research Institute under the National Development Reform Commission, said the draft law is being circulated among ministries and major state-owned companies for review. "In line with procedures, the bill may be passed in the second half of next year."

According to the draft, the power supply from renewable energy is expected to more than double to 120,000 MW by 2020. This would be equivalent to 12% of total electricity generation.