Saturday, December 21, 2013

China Roars Ahead with Renewables

Chart summarises that wind and solar are growing at a great rate, while nuclear is barely moving. (Credit: China NEA) Click to enlarge.
In 2013 so far (the first 10 months, Jan to Oct), the National Energy Administration revealed that capacity additions have slumped.  They total just 63 million kW so far, and might amount to perhaps 88 million kW for the year.  The total power system in China appears to be leveling out.

The remarkable feature is that the share of renewables has leapt in significance.  Whereas non-fossil fuel capacity additions totalled 31 million kW in 2012, these renewable and nuclear power stations have totaled 36 million kW so far this year – and could be projected to be 43 or 44 million kW for the whole year. That’s one new non-fossil power station of 1 million kW nearly every week!

But the even more astounding feature is that the additions powered by renewables now exceed those powered by fossil fuels (coal and gas) and nuclear.

China Roars Ahead with Renewables

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