18:32 28.01.2019

China's 2018 renewable power capacity up 12 percent on year

Source: Reuters
China's 2018 renewable power capacity up 12 percent on year

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, with the country still rolling out new projects despite transmission capacity concerns and a growing subsidy payment backlog.

China has been aggressively promoting renewable power as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

Total capacity - including hydro and biomass as well as solar and wind - rose to 728 gigawatts (GW) by end-2018, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said during a briefing.

That amounted to 38.3 percent of China’s total installed power capacity, up 1.7 percentage points on the year and around 7 percentage points higher than at the end of 2015.

China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind power capacity to its grid in 2018, the NEA said. New solar capacity reached 44.3 GW, slightly higher than a figure given by an industry association earlier this month, but still down compared to 2017 following a decision to slash subsidies.

China also completed another 8.54 GW of hydropower capacity, mostly in the nation’s southwest, bringing total hydropower to 352 GW by the year’s end.

China has tried to change the “rhythm” of renewable power construction to give grid operators time to raise transmission capacity and ensure clean electricity generation is not wasted.

Li Chuangjun, deputy head of the NEA’s new energy section, said overall rates of waste in the wind power sector had fallen to 7 percent last year, down 5 percentage points on the year.

The major wind generation regions of Xinjiang and Gansu in the far northwest, however, still failed to get around a fifth of potential wind power onto the grid over the period.

China’s “energy revolution” has also involved the installation of new emissions control technology at its coal-fired power plants, still the dominant form of energy in China.

Around 810 GW, or 80 percent, of China’s coal-fired capacity was employing “ultra-low emission” technology by the end of 2018, according to the transcript of a speech by China environment minister Li Ganjie published on Monday.

But despite China’s efforts to cut coal consumption and promote renewable power domestically, it has been criticized for backing new coal-fired projects overseas that use obsolete equipment no longer permitted at home.

Recent Posts

See All
Choked by Beth Gardiner review – the toxic truth about the air we breathe
21:27 03.04.2019
Choked by Beth Gardiner review – the toxic truth about the air we breathe
A global survey of air pollution has found that China’s economic miracle has come at a price of an “airpocalypse”, with many cities shrouded in poisonous smog for much of the year. Air pollution is less severe in parts of China than it was a few years ago, but current global trends suggest a grim future, and climate change is set to have a big impact this century. It has been said that climate change could increase the number of premature deaths from air pollution by more than 15 times.
Source: Guardian
Revealed: Toxic air lowers life expectancy by 20 months
21:14 03.04.2019
Revealed: Toxic air lowers life expectancy by 20 months
A major study found that exposure to air pollution is almost as dangerous as smoking, and reduces life expectancy by an average of 20 months. Worldwide, air pollution contributed to nearly five million deaths from stroke, heart attack, diabetes, lung cancer and chronic lung disease in 2017. It was found that China and India together were responsible for over half of the total number of global deaths, with both countries facing over 1.2 million early deaths from all air pollution in 2017.
Source: Telegraph
Polluted air to shorten lives by 20 months, researchers say
20:41 03.04.2019
Polluted air to shorten lives by 20 months, researchers say
Research has found that the life expectancy of a child born today could be reduced by an average of 20 months due to health damage caused by air pollution. Pollution levels are at the highest in South Asia, where the life expectancy for children born in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh falls by more than 30 months. It has been found that, of all health risks around the world, air pollution is the fifth leading cause of death. About half of the total deaths in 2017 occurred in China and India together, with more than 1.2 million early deaths being caused by air pollution in each country that year.
Source: Reuters