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China : China clean power capacity to reach 600 GW by 2020.

China's clean electricity capacity is estimated to touch 600 gigawatts by the end of 2020 catering to 35 percent of electricity needs, said a report from Xinhua news agency quoting Liu Zhenya, the general manager, State Grid Corp.

Recently, China has rebuffed a report from International Energy Agency (IEA) that it has overtaken the United States as the largest consumer of energy in the world in 2009.

China also defended by saying that it has surpassed the US in generating clean energy from various sources such as hydropower, solar power, nuclear power and wind power.

According to State Grid, the government's plan to increase the clean electricity generation in the country includes deployment of smart grid technology in the next ten years.

By the end of 2009, renewable energy capacity in the country was 212 GW and occupied 25 percent of the total energy capacity. Wind energy got doubled in 2009 to 16 GW compared to previous year.

Smart grid technology enables the utilities to evade outages by streamlining the irregular electricity flow from wind, solar and hydropower plants.

In June, the State Grid has committed 250 billion yuan ($36.88 billion) towards deploying smart gird technology in 2010, the report said.

Liu expects that smart girds along with renewables would be able to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 10 billion tonnes by 2020.

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Date:Jul 27, 2010
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