Nov. 21, 2000¬óChina plans for a fraction of the power generation it will develop in the coming 15 years to come from renewable sources, according to the Asia Pulse news agency.

According to a government blueprint, the “Key Points of the Program for Development of New Energy and Renewable Energy Industry in the 2000-2015 Period,” the amount of new renewable energy sources developed by the end of 2015 will be equivalent to 43 million tons of standard coal, and will meet 2% of the country’s aggregate energy demand.

An official from the State Economic and Trade Commission which organized the preparation of the blueprint, said that solar heater and wind-driven, solar photovoltaic and biomass electric power generation are expected to replace oil and become more mainstream energy main energy sources. At the same time, China’s development of new energy sources still remains at the primary stage for development reasons, the agency noted.

A new grant from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) will help China meet that goal. The GEF recently approved a $12 million grant to aid in the development of wind power generation and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. The grant is only one component of a $98-million, GEF-supported project that is designed to help China diversify its energy resources and reduce its dependence on coal, which accounts for about 72% of the total commercial energy production in the country.

The project should add 78 MW of electricity generation from three new wind farms in Dabancheng, Fujin and Xiwaizi. The present installed capacity of wind power generation is only about 265 MW, a fraction of 1% of the country’s known potential, according to the Xinhua news agency.

GEF programs address climate change and loss of biodiversity biodiversity loss, climate, degradation of international waters, and ozone depletion, and are implemented through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Bank. The Fund’s web site is https://gefweb.org/.