China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) on Thursday issued a middle and long-term development plan for the country’s pumped storage hydropower sector covering the period from 2021 to 2035, as part of efforts to boost clean energy and reach carbon emission reduction goals.
Among the major development goals, the plan aims to expand China’s pumped storage hydropower volume to 62 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) at the end of 2025, according to the NEA.
China’s current total capacity of pumped storage hydropower generators is 726 million kWh. In order to realize the country’s carbon emission reduction goal as soon as possible, pumped storage hydropower volume will be increased to 62 million kilowatt-hours by 2025, coinciding with the final year of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), the NEA said.
According to the development plan, 120 million kWh of pumped storage hydropower will enter service by 2030 and multiple pumped storage hydropower companies will be formed by 2035.
The plan also vowed to enhance the protection of natural resources to ensure sustainable development and create social capital to boost local communities.