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China plans to expand its installed generation capacity of biomass power to 13 million kilowatts by the end of 2015, according to ChinaDaily.com.

The report, citing the China Business News, said China’s biomass power planned expansion is double the former target proposed by the China Electricity Council.

The biomass power capacity expansion is higher than the planned installed capacity of solar power, which will grow to 10 million kilowatts by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), the report said, quoting Liu Tienan, the head of the National Energy Administration, who was speaking at the national rural energy conference.

China’s present installed capacity for biomass power, of which marsh gas generation and garbage incineration are project examples, is about 5.5 million kilowatts.

Wu Youqing, a professor with the East China University of Science and Technology, was reported saying at the conference that China should produce 5 billion tonnes of biomass power every year theoretically, which equals 10% of the country’s total coal production.

The on-grid price of biomass power is now set at 0.75 yuan (USD$0.12) per kilowatt-hour. Analysts said that biomass power stations may make profits due to recently released policies. Source: China Daily

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