While the Korean government is pursuing ‘Renewable Energy 3020’ which should increase renewables’ share in the country’s energy mix to 20% by 2030, its local governments are also making their own moves in the same direction.
The government of South Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongnam-do) stated on February 25 that it has set a ‘roadmap’ to increase the share of renewable energy in total electricity consumption to 40% from 2018’s 15.6% by 2040.
The “6th Chungcheongnam-do Energy Plan” suggested a few bold numbers: increase fuel cell capacity to 1700MW from 2019’s 11MW; from 950MW to 8,961MW in PV; from 2MW to 738MW in wind; 142MW to 382MW in bioenergy.
On the other hand, the share of coal-powered electricity will decrease from 3/4 to 20%. The province has 30 coal power plants among Korea’s total 60.
Another provincial government drafting an energy roadmap is of South Gyeongsang Province (Gyeongsangnam-do). The province posted a press release on February 24 saying it had conducted the final deliberation for its “6th Gyeongsangnam-do Energy Plan.”
The plan, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) in February, wants the 30% of the province’s total energy mix to be powered by renewables by 2040. To support the long-term goal, the plan also included shorter milestones: reduce energy consumption by 9.3% (863toe) and achieve 10.9% of energy supply from renewables by 2025.
Another local government of North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do), on the other hand, posted a plan for this year on February 3. It says that the province will lead an investment of KRW 25.2 billion to build a network of 1,691 renewable energy nodes. The distributed generation network would be powered by PV(8,229kW), solar thermal energy(2,297m2), geothermal(1,461kW), and fuel cells(60kW). Also, additional 9,230kW of PV will be installed at government offices, farms, and welfare facilities, the statement explained.