China’s non-fossil fuel powered generation capacity to surpass coal in 2021

The installed capacity and proportion of power generated from non-fossil sources is expected to surpass those of coal-fired power generation for the first time by the end of the 2021 year. In the first half of 2021, China’s power consumption totaled 3.93 trillion kWh, up by 16.2 percent year on year, according to a report released by the China Electricity Council (CEC).

The installed capacity of power generation in China is expected to reach 2.37 billion kilowatts by the end of 2021, up around 7.7 percent year on year, with that of power generated from non-fossil sources hitting 1.12 billion kilowatts, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total.

In the first half of this year, China’s power consumption totaled 3.93 trillion kWh, up by 16.2 percent year on year, according to the report released Friday by the China Electricity Council, which is a national association of China’s power enterprises and institutions.

As the country forges ahead with its rural revitalization strategy, the power consumption of the primary industry has seen a year-on-year growth of 20.6 percent. The power-use growth rate of high-tech and equipment manufacturing, other manufacturing industries, consumer goods manufacturing and four energy-intensive industries was 27.3 percent, 22.3 percent, 22.2 percent and 13.7 percent year on year, respectively.

“It is expected that China will see an overall balance of power supply and demand during the peak periods this summer. The electricity shortage in Zhejiang, Anhui, Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces is expected to gradually ease after the middle of August,” said Hao Yingjie, secretary general of the CEC.

The growth rate of electricity consumption in the high-tech and equipment manufacturing industries was significantly higher than the average level of the manufacturing industry in the same period, reflecting the significant upgrading trend of the manufacturing industry and the growth of new drivers.

SOURCE: Built By China, 26 Jul 2021.

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