by A. Hayley, Mar 6, 2023 in Reuters
- State planner says to increase coal production
- Sees coal ‘supporting’ expansion of renewables
- Calls for controls on replacing coal with gas
- Indicates higher gas prices coming for urban users
BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) – China’s state planner underlined a greater role for coal in its power supply on Sunday, saying the fossil fuel would be used to improve the reliability and security of its energy system.
Soaring global energy prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and domestic supply disruption have prompted Beijing to step up its focus on energy security in recent years.
The world’s second-biggest economy relied on coal to generate 56.2% of its electricity last year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, but has significantly boosted its use of natural gas and renewable energy in recent years to lower carbon emissions.