The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

Hydropower in China: development or slow-down?

Eduard B. Vermeer

The approval process of China’s hydro-power projects has slowed down considerably since 2005, in spite of expansionist plans. Chinese targets are usually met or surpassed, but for hydropower this has not been the case. Until 2015, installed hydropower generation capacity will continue to grow by about 20 GW annually, based on approvals given before 2005, but very few large projects will be completed thereafter. For many reasons this is surprising.

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