Reports: China To Spend $174bn On Wind And Hydro By 2020

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China has unveiled plans to spend at least 1.2tr yuan ($174bn) on wind and hydro power over the next five years as it doubles down on efforts to green its energy system.

Documents released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on Tuesday and reported by Reuters set out a blueprint for scaling the two clean energy industries.

Some 700bn yuan ($101bn) of this will be spend on new wind power, creating around 300,000 jobs in the country and cutting more than 380 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by the end of the decade, according to the NEA.

China is already the world’s leading installer of wind power, with the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggesting in September the country is building wind turbines at a rate of two every hour – double that of the United States.

In its draft 13th Five-Year Plan released earlier this year China said it plans to boost wind capacity from 145GW in 2015 to 250GW by the end of the decade, alongside vast increases in nuclear and solar energy generation.
However, pressure is mounting on the government to do more to address the oversupply of energy in the country, which is contributing to high levels of curtailment of clean energy.