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China has denied a report saying it surpassed the U.S. last year, to become the world's largest energy user. The International Energy Agency says China's energy consumption last year was about 4 percent more than that of the U.S. But China's National Energy Administration says the IEA's estimate is incorrect.
China's National Energy Administration says the statistics from the IEA in 2009 aren't consistent with the figure published by the National Energy Administration.
Zhou Xi'an, Head of General Office of National Energy Administration said "We can use the figure for reference but we don't think it is believable."
According to the report from the IEA, the estimate of energy consumption includes crude oil, coal, natural gas, water and electricity.
China says it's made great developments in new energy.
Zhou Xi'an said "Chinese experts say in new energy development, China develops fast and has been in front of America. We can see from the following aspects being the first in the world: solar energy, water and electric power, wind power and the construction of nuclear power stations."
China's National Energy Administration says the IEA's estimate is too high. It also says the IEA didn't fully understand the domestic situation, in particular the efforts China made in energy saving, emission reductions and the development of new energy sources.