HANGZHOU, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Huzhou "Ecology + Electricity" Development Index Report was released at the International Forum on Demonstrative City Construction for “Ecology + Electricity” in Huzhou City of east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday.
The report, released by Xinhua News Agency's subsidiary China Economic Information Service (CEIS), was aimed to provide an objective evaluation on Huzhou's electricity system from different aspects such as green production, green consumption, green operation, as well as its impacts on the ecological environment.
According to the report, the index for Huzhou stood at 100, 126.63, and 188.01 respectively from 2015 to 2017, with year-on-year growth of 26.63 percent and 48.47 percent respectively in 2016 and 2017.
The reason for Huzhou to achieve such accelerating growth rates can be attributed mainly to its efforts in promoting the clean production and supply of electricity, especially the booming development of rooftop photovoltaic power system.
In 2017, a total of 224 power plants in Huzhou contributed about 7.41 million kilowatts of power capacity, an increase of 12.5 percent from a year ago. The growth was mainly contributed by the rising installation of solar and wind power system and the waste to energy power plants.
In the year, the capacity of garbage incineration power plants, wind power projects, and solar power projects increased by 12.5 percent, 129.4 percent and 153.1 percent year on year, respectively. The renewable energy accounted for 8.7 percent og the city’s power generation in 2017, a sharp increase from 3 percent in 2015 and 6.8 percent in 2016.
In addition, the city is promoting the electrification process, such as encouraging the use of electric vehicles, and promoting the use of electricity in rural machineries and agricultural by-products processing. The electrification process is making a great contribution to the green energy consumption structure in the city.
"The concept of ecological development has been deeply rooted among the public in recent years. Today, we are more concerned about our living environment more than ever, and the ecological development is playing a more important role in almost every aspect of urban planning and constructions,” said Kuang Lecheng, vice president of China Economic Information Service (CEIS) in his address to the forum, adding that the green and low-carbon transformation of electricity production and supply has become a crucial part during the process of building up a modern energy system.
After years of exploration, Huzhou has integrated the development of electric power with sustainable development, and is vigorously promoting the construction of "Ecology + Electricity" demonstrative city, said Xiang Lemin, deputy mayor of Huzhou municipal government. Huzhou has operated a number of "Ecology + Electricity" demonstrative projects by now, he added.
According to the report, Huzhou still needs to improve its management of green energy, as its green operation index, a sub-index of the "Ecology + Electricity" Development Index, only stood at 12.34 in 2017, a slower growth from 10 in 2015.
The report suggests that Huzhou could make full use of advanced techniques such as large-scale energy storage, intelligent control technology, and flexible grid integration of renewable in order to achieve smart and green operation of its power system.
The forum was organized by Huzhou municipal government, and co-hosted by the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. During the forum, the organizers also released the "Ecology + Electricity" manifesto, calling on the public and all enterprises and organizations to participate in the action of promoting environmental protection and low carbon development. (Contributed by Zhou Yuran, edited by Jiang Yujuan, firstname.lastname@example.org)