Chinese regional government claims wind energy is 'state-owned'

CHINA: The Heilongjiang province government has stirred up controversy within both legal and renewable energy circles with the release of its 'Heilongjiang Province Climate Resource Surveying and Protection Regulations'.

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The new regulations, slated to come into effect on 1 August 2012, stipulate state that both wind and solar energy are categorized as state-owned resources in accordance with article 9 of China’s constitutional law.

They also that Heilongjiang companies developing renewable energy must first obtain licensing from local authorities.

However, analysts have expressed concern that local government licensing could have an impact on the development of fledging regional industries. Additionally, legal scholars object to the regulations’ interpretation of article 9.

Other industry figures point out, however, that the new regulations are directed at the chaotic state of Heilongjiang’s alternative energy sector, and are unlikely to be adopted by other provincial governments or affect renewables companies elsewhere.

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