China releases guidelines to accelerate development of clean energy bases in Xizang
Global Times

The photo taken on April 4, 2021 shows solar panels in Lhasa, Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region. Photo: VCG

The photo taken on April 4, 2021 shows solar panels in Lhasa, Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region. (Photo: VCG)

China's National Energy Administration on Tuesday released guidelines to accelerate the development of clean energy bases in Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region, a move to promote a high-quality energy development in the region.

The guidelines were issued to lead the work during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period as well as the medium- and long-term energy development in Xizang.

Since the sixth central symposium on Xizang-related work held in 2015, the Xizang Autonomous Region has made all-round progress and historic achievements in its energy sector. A comprehensive energy supply mechanism consisting of renewable energy and refined oil products has been shaped, but the problem of imbalance and inadequacy remains prominent, the document noted.

The guidelines further state that a medium- and long-term goal of development will be covered, from the establishment of a resource supply mechanism, set up clean energy bases, improve energy infrastructure and service support capacity, among other aspects.

The region will promote scientific and technological innovation, demonstration and application, and push forward energy consumption transformation and upgrading. It will also strengthen energy security in remote areas and improve people's livelihood.

Supportive policies will be carried out for innovative energy management and services. A mechanism for providing energy assistance to the region will also be improved to focus on targeted assistance and technical support, according to the guidelines.

China has been making efforts to promote energy development in Xizang during these years, as the region is an important base of clean energy. There are outstanding clean energy resources in the region, mainly hydro, wind and solar power, with a potential development exceeding 1 billion kilowatts, according to Xinhua News Agency.

In 2022, wind power and photovoltaic power generation will account for about 12.2 percent of power consumption, according to the guidelines released on Tuesday on energy development by the National Energy Administration for 2022.