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China weighs unified five-year plan for renewables

Unreleased draft focuses on new energy power feeding into electric grid

A solar power station in Tongchuan, China. Beijing has pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 and is making efforts to build capacity for renewable and new energy power while reducing dependency on coal.   © Reuters

Chinese planners will abandon their previous practice of issuing separate five-year plans for different forms of new energy in favor of a joint package on renewables, with a stronger emphasis on solar power, an energy official said Thursday.

The draft plan, which has not been released and has yet to be submitted for review, focuses on building a new electricity system with new energy power at its foundation, said Kong Tao of the National Energy Administration (NEA) in a speech to a photovoltaic industry conference.

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