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China Plans to Cap Electricity Demand at 8 Percent Through 2015

China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, is seeking to cap the growth of electricity consumption at 8 percent a year from 2010 to 2015, and will limit the installation of new coal-fired power plants while boosting the share that comes from wind, solar and nuclear.

In an outline of energy-development goals under the country’s 12th five-year plan, China plans to reduce energy consumption by 16 percent annually and carbon emissions by 17 percent, as measured per unit of gross domestic product, from 2010 to 2015, according to a statement today on the website of China’s State Council, China’s cabinet.