The Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea has set up the Seoul Energy Corporation to supervise the capital’s energy policies.

The corporation will act as a separate body responsible for the city’s energy policies, and was unveiled late last week.
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“We will work to make Seoul’s energy more renewable and independent,” said Park Jin-sub, the SEC’s CEO. Seoul uses tremendous amounts of energy each year — 46,493 GW hours of electric energy last year — and a big amount comes from fossil fuels.

“By 2020, we are projecting to install solar panels across the city with the capacity mounting to produce 70 MW,” he said.

The corporation will also generate 90 MW of power with fuel cells and will promote the use of electric vehicles and set up a pilot charging station powered by the sun later this year.

For newly built residential areas in the southwest, the city will build a new power plant generating electricity from hot water. “One plant in Magok, southwestern Seoul, will serve up to 75,000 new homes when it’s ready in 2020,” Park said.

The SEC had Mayor Park Won-soon’s support in its making. The mayor has stressed renewable power and energy conservation. His campaign to reduce energy consumption reached the 2 million tonnes of oil equivalent (energy released by 2 million tons of crude oil) point in 2014. Last year, he received the Gothenburg Award for his effort.