The Chinese government has asked local authorities to devise strategies for increasing geothermal energy use and to submit them for consideration by the end of the year.
In an announcement posted of the website of China's National Energy Administration, Beijing says it wants to establish targets for geothermal energy use to be reached by 2020.
Several months ago the government announced that it hopes to have 100 MW of geothermal energy in use by next year, and the nation, beset by smog and other development-related woes, has been stepping up its efforts to bring that goals to fruition.
As outlined on its website, the NEA first was to focus on developing areas with high-temperature resources, and then look at areas with medium-temperature geothermal resources after that.
Already, geothermal demonstration projects are in the works in three Chinese provinces.
These projects include "the development deep geothermal district heating projects, large-scale promotion of shallow geothermal energy development and utilization of geothermal energy demonstration area construction while exploring and form suitable for local development and utilization of geothermal energy business operation mode," the NEA says.