December 28, 2009 / 9:05 AM / 10 years ago

China to shut more small power plants in 2010 - media

SHANGHAI, Dec 28 (Reuters) - China plans to shut down small coal-fired power plants with a combined 10 million kilowatt (KW) power generating capacity in 2010, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, quoting the country’s top energy official.

China will have phased out a total of 55.45 million KW of capacity at small thermal power plants by end of this year, said Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Agency, reaching the goal set for the period between 2006 and 2010.

Small and inefficient thermal power plants with capacities below 200,000 KW represented a combined capacity of 80 million KW, Zhang said.

Energy supply was expected to remain relatively abundant next year, providing an opportunity to improve the structure of China’s energy mix, which relied heavily on coal, Zhang said.

China aimed to increase the proportion of non-fossil energy in total energy consumption by half a percentage point in 2010, by encouraging the development of renewable and nuclear energy, the official People’s Daily newspaper said on Monday, also quoting Zhang.

China aims for renewable energy sources to make up 15 percent of power generation by 2020, up from about 9 percent currently.

China would also speed up consolidation in the coal industry next year, with the coal market expected to remain relaxed, the People’s Daily said. (Reporting by Rujun Shen and Edmund Klamann; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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