China aims to stop re­new­able en­ergy be­ing wasted by 2020

Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion has said util­i­sa­tion rate of hy­dropower plants in the south­west­ern prov­inces should reach around 90%

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BEI­JING: China aims to pre­vent power gen­er­ated by its re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor be­ing wasted by 2020, the coun­try’s Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NEA) said.

Power from wind, so­lar and hy­dro plants is of­ten wasted as there is not enough trans­mis­sion ca­pac­ity to ab­sorb it, lead­ing to high cur­tail­ment rates, es­pe­cially in north­west­ern China.

The NEA said in a state­ment that the util­i­sa­tion rate of hy­dro-power plants in the south­west­ern prov­inces of Yun­nan and Sichuan should reach around 90 per cent by 2017.

It ex­pects the wind power cur­tail­ment rate to drop to about 30 per cent in the north­west­ern prov­inces of Gansu and Xin­jiang and to around 20 per cent in the north­east­ern re­gion of Jilin, Hei­longjiang and In­ner Mon­go­lia in 2017.

So­lar power waste in Gansu and Xin­jiang prov­inces should be con­trolled be­low around 20 per cent and in Shaanxi and Qing­hai to be­low 10 per cent this year, it added.

Power gen­er­ated from wind and so­lar power plants in other re­gions across the coun­try will have to meet the 2017 tar­gets set by the NEA last year, it said in the state­ment.

China has vowed to raise the por­tion of its re­new­able and non­fos­sil fuel power con­sump­tion to 15 per cent of to­tal en­ergy mix by 2020 and 20 per cent by 2030. It also said that it will pro­mote the power trade mar­ket and im­prove its cross-re­gion power trans­mis­sion ca­pac­ity to boost re­new­able en­ergy con­sump­tion and cut its coal de­pen­dence.

Coal-fired power ca­pac­ity across the coun­try will be capped at 1,100 gi­gawatts by 2020, the NEA said.

The world’s worst pol­luter is lead­ing the clean en­ergy revo­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Agency.

China will ac­count for a third of new wind and so­lar power in­stal­la­tions and 40 per cent of elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­vest­ments through 2040, the Paris-based agency said Tues­day in its World En­ergy Out­look. Mean­while, the coun­try’s coal use peaked four years ago and it will cede its role as the driver of global oil de­mand to In­dia af­ter 2025.

Un­der­scor­ing the shift is a ma­tur­ing econ­omy that is mov­ing away from en­ergy-in­ten­sive in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment poli­cies aimed at clean­ing up air pol­lu­tion that causes al­most 2 mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths a year, the agency said in the re­port. Fall­ing costs of re­new­ables also play a role, as so­lar is ex­pected to be­come China’s cheap­est source of new elec­tric­ity ad­di­tions, sur­pass­ing nat­u­ral gas by 2020 and coal by 2030.

“China is en­ter­ing a new phase in its de­vel­op­ment, with the em­pha­sis in en­ergy pol­icy now firmly on elec­tric­ity, nat­u­ral gas and cleaner, high­ef­fi­ciency and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies,” the re­port said. “China’s choices will play a huge role in de­ter­min­ing global trends, and could spark a faster clean en­ergy tran­si­tion.”

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