Though coal still provides the majority of China’s power, there’s good news about a greener future: New official Chinese records show that the nation’s renewable energy capacity is now growing faster than its coal plants.
Through the end of 2009 180 GW of new power capacity was under construction. Renewables outpaced coal by some 16 GW. All told, low-carbon energy sources (hydro, nuclear, and renewables) will account for 26% of China’s power capacity, by the end of 2010.
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