Regional Renewable Energy Planning: International Case Studies, Lessons Learned

Abstract This study was commissioned by the GEF / World Bank Assisted China Renewable Energy Scale-up Program (CRESP), and by the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP). Its purpose is to assist China’s Center for Renewable Energy Development (CRED) to complete a study on provincial renewable energy planning, including the development of specific planning methodologies that China’s provinces might follow. According to the requirements of China’s Renewable Energy Law, approved in 2005, the Government of China has established national renewable energy targets. These targets are not yet specifically allocated to provinces but, for the national targets to be implemented effectively, provincial renewable energy objectives must also be established. In fact, the Renewable Energy Law requires that China’s national government, cooperating with provincial, autonomous region, and municipal governments, establish mid- and long-term targets for renewable energy development and utilization within each of these smaller administrative regions.1 These local targets are to be consistent with the national targets, but are also to consider the economic context and resource potential at the local/regional level. Importantly, to ensure that the subsequent renewable energy targets are achieved, each relevant provincial, autonomous region, and municipal government2 is required to establish and implement a renewable energy development and utilization plan.
Author Center for Resource Solutions/ GEF / World Bank China Renewable Energy Scale-up Program (CRESP), Energy Foundation China Sustainable Energy Program , December 2008
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