Doubts remain over environmental effects.
The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.
Many of Tibet's self-immolators have come from the county, writer Woeser observes.
It is an open secret that the Supreme People's Assembly is the least influential legislative body in the world.
A fourth strand of the Central Asia Gas Pipeline underscores the rapid rise of China's gas imports from the region.
It may be concerned over similar aspirations by Tibetans and Uyghurs to vote themselves out of the current arrangement with Beijing.
Government sets tougher target after missing efficiency goal last year.