by P. Homewood, January 28, 2020 in NotaLotofPeopleKnowThat
Provisional figures from the China Energy Portal indicate that thermal generation continues to rise in China, albeit at a slower rate then the last few years
As I noted in November, there are three factors behind the slower rise in thermal (which is almost certainly predominantly coal-fired):
- Overall demand for electricity has increased at a much slower rate in 2019 – 4.7% against 8.4% in 2019. This reflects the dramatic slowdown in Chinese economic growth.
- New nuclear capacity has been added in the last two years.
- Better hydro generation, presumably due to wetter weather.
Significantly, thermal generating capacity has continued to grow in 2019, by 4.1%. Just as significant is the dramatic slowdown in new solar power capacity being added. In 2018, 45GW was added, but this dropped to 26GW last year, following the restriction of subsidies.
New wind capacity increased marginally in 2019, from 21GW in 2018 to 25GW.