The National Development and Reform Commission issued an Opinion on Mechanism of Support for Local Populations in respect to Hydropower Projects Development on 30th of March 2018. The Opinion states that the local population living in the proximity of the hydropower projects, or the population migrated from the initial location to the new location due to hydropower projects construction, should benefit from power generated by the project.
The Opinion states that the goal is to form and implement a comprehensive framework of policies and benefits supporting local populations and migrated populations relocated in consequence of the hydropower project development. Those policies and mechanism should be adopted by 2020.
The Opinion proposes to guarantee that the local power demand should be satisfied and prioritised first and met by the power generated from the local hydropower station. It is encouraged to use the market to reduce retail power price within the reservoir region. Reservoir regions under the mechanism should step up construction of exporting transmission lines to expand the consumption market. The Opinion also points out if a power-receiving province consumes more renewable energy than planned, the excess part will not be included in the examination of annual total energy consumption and energy intensity.