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More new energy powers China's coal-rich Shanxi

China's leading coal-producing region of Shanxi has stepped up the development of new energy over the past five years in a bid to reduce its heavy reliance on coal.

The total installed power generating capacity in the province had reached 103.8 GW by the end of 2020, up 49 percent from the level at the end of 2015, according to the State Grid Shanxi Electric Power Co. Ltd.

Its new energy power generating capacity totaled 32.83 GW, accounting for 31.6 percent of the total installed power generating capacity. The proportion increased by 20.39 percentage points over the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).

With strong growth in installed new energy power generating capacity, the province sent more electricity to other regions and also encouraged the local purchase of new energy vehicles.

Local new energy power projects generated 42.43 billion kWh of electricity last year, accounting for 18.12 percent of the total power use in the province.

Shanxi is the country's first pilot province for comprehensive energy revolution reforms. Over the five years, the province increased investment in wind and solar energy development.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle air pollution, China has been trying to use more renewable energy to improve its energy mix.

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