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The State Grid Corporation of China will increase its cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to advance China's energy transition.
China's state power utility has partnered with IRENA toward furthering its efforts to integrate higher shares wind and solar, grid integration, interconnection and smart grids.

According to a IRENA release, the two organisations will enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative.

The agreement was formalised on the sidelines of the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, China between IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin and SGCC Chairman Shu Yinbiao.

The cooperation between the State Grid Corporation of China and IRENA also includes initiating technical co-operation in the context of IRENA’s Clean Energy Corridor initiatives and capacity building activities related to integrating renewable power in energy systems in developing countries.

Transitioning to a cleaner energy system

“As the world’s largest renewable energy market, China is at the forefront of renewable energy and it is State Grid that provides the electricity backbone for over 1 billion people,” said IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin.

“Providing more electricity – and more renewable electricity – than any other utility in the world, State Grid’s extensive experience with grid infrastructure and integrating renewable energy into power systems will help improve understanding of how we can bring larger shares of renewable power online. We look forward to working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future both in China and around the world.”

State Grid chairman Shu Yinbiao said at today’s signing: “As the largest utility in the world, State Grid Corporation of China is dedicated to the interconnection of world power infrastructure to realize efficient, clean and sustainable development of global energy and contribute to the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Based on the consensus of advancing the energy transition towards a low-carbon and green energy future, State Grid will implement extensive win-win cooperation with IRENA in terms of power grid technology, equipment and international standards.”