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China Renewable Power Capacity in June Up by 9.5%

Power News - Published on Mon, 29 Jul 2019

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China's total renewable power capacity rose 9.5% to 750 gigawatts in the year to June amid Beijing's push to boost clean energy consumption as part of its anti-pollution campaign. The country added 1.82 GW of hydropower capacity, 9.09 GW of wind capacity and 11.4 GW of solar capacity in the first six months of this year. National Energy Administration said “As of June, China had total hydropower capacity of around 354 GW, total wind capacity of 193 GW and solar capacity of 186 GW. It said that the increasing capacity has pushed electricity generated from renewable sources to 887.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in the first half of 2019, up 14% on the year.”

China has been trying to take action against a problem known in the industry as "curtailment", in which a renewable energy plant is unable to operate at full capacity because of oversupply or transmission failings.

The NEA also said power consumption was slowing in China amid an upgrade of its industrial structure.

In the January to June period, power consumption in industrial sectors accounted for 68% of total use in the country, down 1.2 percentage points from the same period of last year, according to the NEA.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 29 Jul 2019
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