March 1st...China encourages distributive power including natural gas and biomass.
Distributed Power Generation Encouraged
The State Grid Corporation of China, the country's largest energy distributor is taking further steps to facilitate the use of distributed power generation. This is an incentive for individuals who have the intention and capability to build their own green power plant, and it can significantly ease the power scarcity in some areas and boost the green energy industry at grassroots level.
Starting from March 1st, the State Grid says households and individual companies will not only be allowed to use small-sized power generators to provide themselves with power, but will also be given permission to sell extra power to the State Grid.
According to a SGCC guideline the State Grid will introduce more distributed generation fueled by solar energy, wind, natural gas, biomass energy, geothermal energy, oceanic energy and complex resources into its own network.
By the end of 2012, the State Grid had connected 15,600 distributed power generation stations with a total installed capacity of 34.36 million kilowatts, about two third is fueled by hydropower.
According to the 12th Five-Year Plan on Energy Development, by 2015, China will have 1,000 distributed generation projects fueled by natural gas, a solar power generative capacity of 10 million kilowatts and 100 cities that exhibit exemplary use of renewable energy.