By Mark Schaub, Partner, Corporate, King & Wood Shanghai

China’s first Renewable Energy Law came into effect on 1st January 2006 and serves as a basis to meet goals like reducing air pollution; protecting human health and the environment; strengthening and developing energy supply to rural areas; promoting investment and development of renewable energy; etc. The PRC Renewable Energy Law is also a framework for various provincial government agencies and local authorities which implement the law in a large number of more detailed plans, rules and regulations. After four years of rapid change and expansion of China’s renewable energy sector, the Standing Committee of the National’s People’s Congress passed amendments to the Renewable Energy Law in December 2009, which now came into effect on 1 April 2010.

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