China has published an astonishing and ambitious plan for renewable energy increase for the next 10 years. The plan is to get not less than 500 GW of clean energy on the grid by 2020.
Their specialists estimate a sixfold increase in wind power from the existing 25 GW to 150 GW. Even the liquid fuels are to give a push ahead: from a present production of 2 million tons of ethanol to 10 million tons, biodiesel from 0.05 million tons to 2 million tons, pellets for heating, from under a million tons to 50 million tons, and biogas and biomass gasification from 8 billion cubic meters to 44 billion cubic meters.
As for solar hot water, the aim is to have 300 million square meters of solar hot water collectors, from 100 million in 2006.
Obviously, China has decided that little “baby steps” in the renewable sector just won’t do it and will start bouncing: they’ll add 100 GW to make a total 300 GW of hydro power, adding 125 GW to have 150 GW of wind power, adding 28 GW to have 30 GW of biopower, and going from a half Gigawatt to 20 GW of solar.
And what makes China’s plan even more easy to follow is its political process and the fact that it doesn’t have a filibuster opposition party, like in most democratic countries, playing Russian roulette with the clean energy economy.
For instance, on the same day of China’s big plan announcement, Senate Republicans filibustered a vote for renewable energy in the USA. By comparison with the Chinese 500 GW, after the U.S. will have added all of the renewable energy combined once the Obama administration Recovery Act funds are allocated, they will still be at a puny 16 GW.