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China sets mandatory provincial renewable power quotas for 2019-2020

16 May 2019

The National Energy Administration (NEA) of China has set mandatory renewable power quota for each of its provinces for 2019 and 2020, requiring local grid companies to buy a defined volume of renewable electricity. The scheme is divided in two: quotas for renewable energy including hydropower, and quotas for renewable energy excluding hydropower. 

When hydropower is considered, the quotas will range from 10% of the power consumption in the Shandong province (eastern China) in 2020 to 88% in Sichuan or Yunnan (southwestern China), depending on provincial energy structures. The 2020 quotas are set at 16.5% for Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, and at more than 30% for Guangdong (32.5%) or Shanghai (36.5%). Quotas for non-hydropower renewable energy will range from 2.8% in Chongqing to 27.5% in Qinghai provinces in 2020. 

The 2020 quota will be adjusted according to the progress of the implementation of the 13th Five-Year Plan for renewable energy development, and will be revised by the end of March 2020.

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