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Shift to solar, wind and water power by China’s energy agencies

China’s amazing green shift to solar, wind and water power, REneweconomy,  [good graphs] By John Mathews on 1 September 2017  Global Green Shift

China’s energy-related agencies, the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the China Electricity Council (CEC), have released data on the operation of China’s electric power system in the first half of 2017 (1H 2017), noting that renewable sources (water, wind and sun) accounted for just on 69.8% of new capacity added, with thermal sources (mainly coal) accounting for 28%, and nuclear for just on 2% (Fig. 1).

These results reveal a marked shift towards green sources of electric power, when compared with the 2016 data which show that renewable sources (WWS) added 51.9% of new capacity, while thermal accounted for 42.9% and nuclear for 5.2%.

The first half results for 2017 thus reveal that the electric power system is continuing its green shift, edging closer to placing more reliance on WWS sources at the margin, with WWS sources increasing their influence and thermal sources declining in proportion.

The trends therefore continue those analyzed previously by Dr Hao Tan and myself (……..

When we turn to examine new capacity additions and investments in WWS sources in 2017 (1H) we see that the green shift continues to operate at a level that far exceeds what is found elsewhere in the world.


The 23.6 GW new solar PV capacity added in 2017 (1H) is another world record for China, taking the cumulative installed capacity to 101 GW by end of June 2017 (and to 112.3 GW by July 2017– which is already above the (conservative) target of 105 GW set for 2020 by the ND&RC in its 13th FYP for energy).

Some observers like the AECEA see China’s solar PV installations as likely to top 40 GW in 2017 for the full year (

The AECEA sees the 2020 cumulative total for China as likely to reach 230 GW, which would dominate the global picture.

Now the NEA in China in August has acted to raise the target for solar PV in China by 2020, setting a new target of 213 GW – or a doubling of the previous target total, which is already five times the current installed capacity in the US (……


The 6.0 GW new capacity added for wind in China for 2017 (1H) – or 1 GW per month (equivalent to 400 new turbines built and erected,  rated at 2.5 MW each).

This is a 4.7% increase on the pro rata figure for 2016, which saw wind capacity additions reaching 17.3 GW, and the cumulative total reaching 154.6 GW, easily the largest in the world.

According to Greenpeace, China is on track to install 110 GW onshore wind capacity by 2020 – raising cumulative wind capacity to 259 GW, well in excess of the 210 GW target set for the end of the 13th FYP period in 2020……..


September 2, 2017 - Posted by | China, renewable

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  1. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Solar, wind, and water power to save the soil, air, and water, what we eat, breathe, and drink. The abuse of petroleum and nuclear power should be obvious to all, but the petro-oligarchs need to be encouraged to act on the knowledge that they will be included in any resulting destruction of the earth.

    Comment by marblenecltr | September 2, 2017 | Reply

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