China, the world’s biggest clean energy investor, plans to increase wind and solar power capacity by more than 21 percent next year as it works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its reliance on coal.
The nation is targeting at least 20 GW of new wind power installations and 15 GW of additional photovoltaic capacity next year, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Tuesday.
The world’s biggest producer of carbon emissions is expected at the end of this year to have a total of 120 gigawatts of wind power, 43 gigawatts of solar, and 320 gigawatts of hydro power, the NEA said. To accommodate the clean energy additions, China will promote the construction of electricity networks, the agency said.
China will also accelerate hydro power construction in the southwest, the NEA said.
To subsidize renewable-energy projects, the nation plans to raise a surcharge slapped onto electricity bills by about 27 percent to 0.019 yuan a kilowatt-hour, China’s top-economy agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Wednesday.
The move, which will come into effect on Jan. 1, could help ease the mismatch between the surcharges and what the government pays out to renewable power developers. At the moment, the gap is threatening the nation’s plans to use more clean energy as part of efforts to combat climate change.