By Paul Homewood
Anybody who thinks China is rapidly shifting to renewable energy needs to look at the latest electricity data from the China Energy Portal.
Whilst wind and solar generation has increased by 51 TWh year-on-year in Q2, thermal has increased by 176.9 TWh.
It was a similar situation in Q1:
To put the figures into perspective, total generation in Q2 was 3194 TWh, so the increase of 51 TWh from wind/solar represents just 1.6%. However, because total generation increased by 245 TWh, demand for coal and gas generation increased even more.
In total, wind and solar accounted for 6.6% of generation in the quarter, compared to 5.5% a year ago.
Year-on-year, installed thermal capacity has risen by 4.1%, following an increase of 4.6% in 2017.
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August 9, 2018 at 05:30AM