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Massive expansion of energy systems

China is aiming for a massive expansion of its energy systems and a more flexible power grid over the next few years. This is according to a new Five-Year Plan for the energy sector. At the heart of the plan is energy security. Renewable energy is expected to account for much of the increase in power generation capacity, Bloomberg reports. Coal-fired power plants are to be retooled as backups for dark periods and operate more flexibly to ensure power supply and stabilize the grid. Likewise, pumped-storage power plants are to be expanded. These serve as energy storage (China.Table reports). The expansion of transmission lines is to be continued to connect its power-hungry cities in the east with the ideal areas for renewable energy located in the west.

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