Thursday, February 2, 2012

Renewable Energy in Tibet

Renewable Energy in Tibet

If anyone else was as confused as I was to why Tibet stood out so much in the "Percent Electricity Generated by Renewable Energy by Province" graph in the Energy and Oil Presentation last Tuesday, here is a little insight to why that is the case.

According to the China Business Council for Sustainable Development:

"Tibet is rich in solar, geothermal and wind energy, while short of coal, gas and oil.

In cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the Italian Government, Tibet has set up the largest geothermal power plant in China.

Local government is also undertaking a comprehensive appraisal, in preparation for the construction of a series of large-scale wind power stations."

Here is a link to a great paper about Tibet's prospects for renewable energy. The paper focuses on solar power but does a great job in conveying the overarching ecological and energy challenges in Tibet.

- Michelle Valentine 

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