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China's installed capacity of clean energy ranks 1st worldwide by end 2018

May 22, 2019


Abstract : China's clean power generating capacity outran the comparable figures around the world by end 2018, with installed capacity of renewable energy already exceeding 700 million kw and ranking the first worldwide, reported Economic Information Daily Wednesday.

BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- China's clean power generating capacity outran the comparable figures around the world by end 2018, with installed capacity of renewable energy already exceeding 700 million kw and ranking the first worldwide, reported Economic Information Daily Wednesday.

Zhang Jianhua, head of National Energy Administration (NEA), quoted by the Xinhua-run newspaper said that China actively implemented the green and low-carbon development strategy and installed capacity of coal-fired power generating units with ultra-low carbon emission surpassed 800 million kw by the end of 2018.

As the largest energy production and consumption nation in the world, China’s installed hydro, wind and PV capacity amounted to 350 million kw, 180 million kw and 170 million kw by end 2018, all ranking the first worldwide, according to Zhang.

By 2050, China's renewable energy may grow to take up as high as 50 percent of primary energy sources and power generating capacity via renewable energy may contribute about 80 percent of gross national electricity consumption, noted Yan Zhiyong, board chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China, a wholly state-owned energy, power and construction engineering giant in China.

However, digestion of renewable energy has been a problem troubling China's energy consumption structure transformation, said Xie Kechang, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, adding that in 2018, abandoned power generating capacity by hydro, wind and PV power can produce 102.3 billion kwh of electricity, exceeding the annual output of the Three Gorges Dam.

NEA will work to promote establishing a long-term clean energy consumption mechanism, highlighted Zhang, saying that China will firmly deepen market-oriented energy market reform and solve problems emerged during the process.

By 2020, China will strive to basically solve the hydropower, wind power and solar power curtailment problem so as to improve the proportion of non-fossil energy in overall primary energy consumption to 15 percent by 2020 and 20 percent by 2030, Zhang added. (Edited by Duan Jing, duanjing@xinhua.org)

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