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Ministry of Water Resources (MWR): China rural hydropower installed capacity surpasses 75 million kW

To date China has built more than 47,000 small hydropower stations in rural areas, with an installed capacity of 75 million kW (equivalent to that of Three Gorges Dam), and an annual generation capacity of more than 2,3000 billion kWh, accounting for about one-fourth of China’s annual power generation capacity.

Recently MWR held a meeting to report on rural hydropower construction plans within the 13th Five Year Plan.

The MWR has outlined extensive plans to carry out 'people’s livelihood, peaceful, green and harmonious' hydropower construction. In Guangdong and 26 other provinces MWR and local government implemented SHP capacity expansion programme, refurbishing more than 4,400 rural hydropower stations. After refurbishment overall installed capacity and annual generating capacity increased by more than 20% and 40%, respectively. Implementation of 249 'SHP replacing fossil fuel' projects has brought up multiple benefits: the provision of clean electricity to 1,478 villages and 224 million individuals, protection of 1,100 mu of forest area, set up of 300 new hydropower rural electrified counties. The central government investments are part of rural electrification efforts.  

MWR Deputy Director Xu De Zhi noted increased construction of green small hydropower during the 12th Five Year Plan. Hundreds of small hydropower stations in 17 provinces launched green small hydropower pilot evaluations. Through strengthened efforts to improve river ecology and strengthen environmental protection measures, small and medium river ecosystems significantly improved. Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved the 'Upgrading of China SHP Capacity' project. Project site selection has been completed. The pilot power plant projects are to be carried out in accordance with advanced international standards. 

The 13th Five Year Plan indicates China’s plans to continue green development of rural hydropower. Planned projects will help to carry out a comprehensive standardization of rural hydropower station construction, and of industry management standards.


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