Thursday, May 12, 2011

China's to add 15 GW of hydropower in rural areas

China's to add 15 GW of hydropower in rural areas
China Business Newswire
May 9, 2011

China plans to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of hydropower installed capacity to rural areas over the next five years, the central government announced via website May 9.

In 2010, China's rural hydropower plants generated 204.4 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity on 59 GW of installed capacity.

Hydropower projects in China's rural areas, most of which have less than 50 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, supply electricity to approximately 300 million people throughout rural China, according to the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR).

Rural hydropower projects have also played a large role in stemming the country's carbon emissions. From 2006 to 2010, rural hydropower plants generated 800 TWh of electricity, saving China the equivalent of 270 million tons of coal, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 690 million tons, according to MWR statistics. ________________________________________________ You received this message as a subscriber on the list: To be removed from the list, please visit:

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