• China Cleantech Update

     News Summary:

    • Yangjiang DRC approves 3-Gorges Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project
    • China releases biomass electricity on-grid price research report
    • Jiangsu sets 2019 power trading target at 300TWh
    • Zhejiang gas on-grid price temporarily increases 0.2 CNY/kWh

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves 3-Gorges Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project

    The Yangjiang Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has approved the Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project, which plans to install 73 units of 5.5MW WTG. This project includes two zones: Zone A1 will hold 55 units of WTG connected to a newly installed offshore substation and Zone A2 will hold 18 units connected to the 3-Gorges Xishapa II offshore substation. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    In the Xishapa area, 3-Gorges has five offshore wind projects in total:

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    China releases biomass electricity on-grid price research report

    According to the “Biomass Electricity Price Policy Research Report” jointly published by the National Renewable Energy Centre, the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Biomass Energy Branch of the China Association for the Promotion of Industrial Development, the gap between subsidy funds and installed capacity of China’s renewable energy has continued to widen. By the end of 2017, a total of 14.4 billion CNY, of which 6.41 billion CNY was agricultural and forestry biomass, and 1,228MW (about 8% of total installed capacity) were not included in the government subsidy list. The report outlines the challenges in biomass power generation—projects have high cost, weak profitability, long payback periods, subsidy arrears—alongside the important role biomass power generation plays in environmental protection, people’s livelihood and clean heating. (BJX)

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    Jiangsu sets 2019 power trading target at 300TWh

    The 2019 Jiangsu power market transaction notice states that the province’s power trading target is 300TWh based on a two-sided negotiation and bidding system. On the power demand side, power voltage levels of 10kV and above are required to participate in trading. On the power supply side, trading participation is open to thermal and nuclear power units. (JSPEC)

     

    Jiangsu’s total power consumption in 2017 was 580TWh, and total power consumption for 2019 is estimated to reach 630TWh, putting the 300TWh power market trading target at half of total power consumption.

     

     

    Zhejiang gas on-grid price temporarily increases 0.2 CNY/kWh

    From October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, Zhejiang will increase gas power generation on-grid price by 0.202CNY/kWh. During this period, 9F and 6F power generation units’ on-grid price will be 0.73CNY/kWh. 9E and 6B power generation units’ on-grid price will be 0.79 CNY/kWh. (Zhejiang DRC)

    In comparison, Zhejiang’s wind on-grid price sits at 0.57CNY/kWh based on resource type IV, and its PV on-grid price at 0.85CNY/kWh based on resource type III. This is encouraging evidence that wind and solar are competitive players in the region.

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

     

    • NEA revises RPS on quota system and policies
    • Mingyang Smart Energy Group approved for IPO
    • Zhejiang Daishan signs MOU with XEMC, CCCC Third Harbor and Ningbo Dongfang Cable
    • Beijing increases natural gas price during winter heating period
    • Yangjiang promotes investment activities in wind power industry
    • Hebei publishes 2018 Engineering Research Center Construction List proposal
    • MOEA reaffirms commitments to reach 5.5 GW of offshore wind by 2025
    • Jiangsu promotes PPP projects in revision of awards and supplemental funds

     

     

    NEA revises RPS on quota system and policies

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has revised the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) on the premise of keeping the quota system and policies basically the same. Previously, in March and September of this year, the NEA published two drafts for the RPS. In this notice, the methods for measuring provincial-level regional quotas, monitoring and evaluating the quotas and assessing the market entities that bear the quota obligations are as follows:

    1. The 2020 indicator is a guiding indicator, which is dynamically adjusted according to the situation of renewable energy resources and the transmission of renewable energy across provincial and inter-regional channels. When the indicators for 2020 are measured, the proportion of renewable energy in Jiuquan-Hunan, Zalute-Shandong, Ningxia-Shandong, Shanghai-Shandong, Ningdong-Zhejiang UHV transmission channels is considered to be no less than 30%.
      There has been some debate about whether UHV transmission lines were built to support renewables or just to move coal and pollution from the big cities to more remote areasThis policy inticates the answer is 'a bit of both', suggesting the need to continue building both renewables and new coal power plants in West China.
    2. The minimum renewable energy index that should be achieved for each provincial administrative region is a binding indicator, and the incentive index is determined by exceeding 10% of the binding index.
    3. For the provincial administrative areas where the quota of renewable energy power reaches 80%(including hydro [i.e., Sichuan and Yunnan), no binding monitoring and evaluation will be carried out.(NEA)

    Non-hydro RPS required

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     (Note: The column on the right indicates the number of 100MW wind farms which would need to be built by 2020 to satisfy the increase in RPS requirement (assuming the whole gap is filled with wind, with utilization hours of 1800 hours, and also assuming average annual city power consumption growth of 5%).

      

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC pre-approves SPIC Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project
    • Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity decreases 19.7% YOY
    • ZSOAF pre-approves CGN Daishan IV offshore wind project sea area use right
    • 3-Gorges plans to transfer 61% stake in pumped storage power generation company
    • JHD and Guangxi HOPE sign MOU for waste power battery recycling

     

     

    Local DRC pre-approves SPIC Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project

    The Zhanjiang City Development and Reform Bureau has released a public notice regarding the Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project and is now accepting feedback during the notice period. The project is divided into two phases and has a total planned installed capacity of 600MW. The estimated annual on-grid power for this project is 1.5Twh and the annual equivalent full load hours is 2505h. The project will also involve the construction of 2 units of 220kv offshore substations. (Zhanjiang DRC)

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    In December 2017, the Zhanjiang government, SPIC and Mingyang Wind Power signed an MOU for the Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project. The agreement stated that:

    1. The Zhanjiang government will promote the project’s approval and support preferential policy.
    2. SPIC will ensure that the project begins construction in 2019 and deploys Mingyang’s WTG and O&M service.
    3. Mingyang will invest in building a new energy service center in Zhanjiang.

     

     

    Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity decreases 19.7% YOY

    According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), China’s PV power generation newly installed capacity totaled 34.5GW in the first three quarters of 2018, down 19.7% year-on-year (YOY). Among that figure, centralized PV newly installed capacity made up 17.4GW and distributed PV newly installed capacity made up 17.1GW. By the end of September, the national PV total installed capacity was 164.7GW, with 117.9GW in centralized PV and 46.8GW in distributed PV. (NEA)

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    The chart above represents the percentage of PV newly installed capacity that each region accounts for of the total 34.5GW. The sharp decrease (19.7%) in Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity can be seen as a direct result of the “PV 531” policy.

     

     

    ZSOAF pre-approves CGN Daishan IV offshore wind project sea area use right

    On November 13, the Zhoushan Ocean and Fishery Bureau released a public notice for the CGN Daishan IV Offshore Wind Power Project’s (Phase I) sea area use application, giving the public a period of 20 days to voice any objections or hearing requests. The CGN Daishan IV offshore wind farm is planned to have a total installed capacity of 216MW and a total investment of 4 billion CNY. (ZSOAF)

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    3-Gorges plans to transfer 61% stake in pumped storage power generation company

    On November 19, 3-Gorges announced plans to transfer a 61% stake in Hohhot Pumped Storage Power Generation Co., Ltd. for a reserve price of 929 million CNY. The IMAR hydro pump power generation company was established in 2005 with a registered capital of 1.5 billion CNY. As of October 31, 2018, the company’s financial report stated that its operating income was 838 million CNY, total assets were 6.224 billion CNY, and owner's equity was 1.322 billion CNY. (CS)

     

     

    JHD and Guangxi HOPE sign MOU for waste power battery recycling

    On November 20, JHD (Guangdong Guanghua Sci-Tech Co., Ltd) and Guangxi HOPE Automobile Co., Ltd signed an MOU regarding waste power battery recycling. Through the cooperation between the two parties, organic integration of economic benefits, environmental benefits and social benefits can be realized, and a model for the recycling and utilization of power batteries as well as for a circular economy can be established. (Finance Sina)

    As evidence of JHD’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility, the company was among the first batch of automobile, motorcycle, three-wheeled vehicle and freight car products and producers approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) based on its Interim Measures for the Management of Recycling and Utilization of Power Batteries of New Energy Vehicles. Additionally, apart from this MOU JHD also signed with BJEV and Skywell (Nanjing Jinlong) to cooperate and advance sustainable development in China.

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Yangjiang DRC approves two Mingyang offshore wind projects
    • Jieyang DRC approves SPIC  Jieyang Shenquan II 350MW project
    • Data shows national wind total installed capacity reached 177GW by end of October
    • Imports less than or equal to 6MW now required to pay duties and value-added taxes
    • Reports show rapid development in grid side power storage

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves two Mingyang offshore wind projects

    The Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Yangjiang, a city in China’s southern Guangdong Province, has approved two offshore wind projectsto be owned and developped by one of the country’s largest private wind turbine manufacturer Mingyang.

    1. Mingyang Yangjiang Qingchuan VI offshore wind project: 500MW with 72 units of 7.0MW WTG each and total investment projected to be above 9 billion CNY.
    2. Mingyang Yangjiang Shaba 300MW offshore wind project: 300MW with 55 units of 5.5MW WTG each and total investment projected to be above 5.9 billion CNY (Yangjiang DRC)

    Mingyang Yangjiang Shaba 300MW Wind Farm

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    Mingyang MySE5.5-7.0MW Installation at Xinghua Bay

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    The Mingyang MySE5.5-7.0MW platform is already being tested at the Three Gorges Xinghua Bay offshore demonstration project in Fujian. The technology is based on the same platform as the Mingyang 5.5MW turbine, and will be deployed in large volume in the Yangjian projects. Interestingly, these projects are being developed by Mingyang which is both private and a turbine manufacturer, which changes from the usual large state owned utilities which dominate most of the pipeline. Mingyang is also setting up a blade manufacturing base in Yangjiang’s High Tech Development Zone with a capacity of 230 blade set per year (with each set being made of 3 blades).

     

     

    Jieyang DRC approves SPIC  Jieyang Shenquan II 350MW project

    The Jieyang DRC has reviewed and approved phase two of SPIC’s Jieyang offshore project application. The project will have a total installed capacity of 750MW, divided into two phases, Shenquan I with 400MW and Shenquan II with 350MW. Shenquan I was approved in August earlier this year with plans to install 73 units of 5.5MW WTG. Shenquan II has plans to use 64 units of 5.5MW WTG. (Jieyang DRC)

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    A large number of big wind farms are being approved in Guangdong this week. This is driven by a strong will from local governments to boost the local offshore wind industry, as well as by a rush to get projects approved this year in order to benefit from the 0.85 CNY/kWh tariff.

     

     

    Data shows national wind total installed capacity reached 177GW by end of October

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released data on the national power industry from January to October 2018. The numbers revealed that by the end of October, the national wind total installed capacity was 177.57MW. From January to October, wind utilization hours totaled 1,724 hrs, an increase of 172 hrs from the same period last year. (NEA)

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    Imports less than or equal to 6MW now required to pay duties and value-added taxes

    The Ministry of Finance has decided to revise relevant catalogues of import tax policies for major technical equipment according to the development of the domestic equipment manufacturing industry and its supporting industries in recent years. Among the revisions, it is now stated that imports of technical equipment of less than or equal to 6MW should pay an import duty and an import value-added tax. (MOF)

    Imports of major technical equipment and catalogues not exempt from taxes:

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    What is also suggested by the policy is that whole wind turbine systems of more than 6MW would not be subject to import duty and import VAT (which sum to more than 20%). Maybe an opportunity for foreign suppliers to sell large turbines in China ?

     

     

    Reports show rapid development in grid side power storage

    Since the beginning of this year, China's grid side energy storage has developed rapidly. At present, local governments and power grid enterprises in Jiangsu, Henan, Qinghai, Gansu and other regions are actively deploying grid side energy storage projects. According to statistics from the CNESA global energy storage project library, from January to September 2018, the installed capacity of electrochemical energy storage connected to China's power grid reached 150MW, of which 140MW was newly installed. (People)

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  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC releases Guangdong new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms
    • Yangjiang DRC approves China’s largest offshore wind farm
    • 6,000MW unsubsidized onshore wind project FSR passes review
    • Taiwan 2025 “non-nuclear home” target fails
    • China State Grid and Portugal REN sign MOU for cooperation in energy

     

     

    Local DRC releases Guangdong new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms

    The Guangdong Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has drafted new measures for competitive bidding of offshore wind power projects within the province in an attempt to promote efficient development of offshore wind power and technology, industrial upgrading, as well as market-oriented development. The measures are currently being implemented in a trial period and apply to select projects as detailed below.

    Scope of application:

    1. Projects approved before 2019 – FIT (0.85CNY/kWh)

    2. Projects with determined investment entities and approved after 2018 will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings

    3. Projects that have not yet determined investment entities before May 18, 2018 will be required to determine the investment entities and will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings (Guangdong DRC)

    Guangdong Zhuhai Guishan 102MW offshore wind farm (Operating)

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    According to the scope of application of this policy, Azure thinks that multiple offshore projects in Guangdong will be approved within this month. The Guangdong DRC has previously published an opinion on this policy in August earlier this year (Azure news). The policy has not changed much since the draft, and still favors local developers as only references in Guangdong province and China are taken in account. However based on discussions with local governments and players in Guangdong we believe this is an omission rather than a deliberate intention to exclude foreign investors from Guangdong.

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves China’s largest offshore wind farm

    CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I 1,000MW offshore wind farm has been approved for construction by the Yangjiang DRC. The 1,000MW offshore wind farm surpasses what used to be the largest wind farm in China, the Zhenjiang Xuwen 600MW offshore wind farm, by 400MW, making it now number one. CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I 1,000MW offshore wind farm is located south of Yangjiang’s Nanpeng Island in Guangdong Province. The project plans to deploy 5.5MW WTG and feature three 220kV offshore substations. The turbines will be installed in depths of 38m to 50m, and the wind farm will be  constructed between 2020 and 2025 with a total investment above 18.8 billion CNY. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I project belongs to the Yangjiang deep-water offshore wind zone II (as outlined in the Guangdong offshore wind development plan). With increases in water depth, floating foundations may have more advantage than the traditional WTG foundations and some of the developpers are interested to test floating technologies. Since November 2018, Yangjiang City has approved 3,300MW offshore wind projects but has more than 5,000MW of pipeline is still under review by the local government. Azure thinks that some of the remaining pipeline will be approved within this month.

     

     

    6,000MW unsubsidized onshore wind project FSR passes review

    The Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for the first phase of SPIC’s IMAR Ulanqab 6,000MW onshore wind project has passed review. The project will be listed in the National 2018 Wind Development Plan and will not be receiving national electricity price subsidies. (SPIC)

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    Ulanqab has access to Type I wind resources and belongs to the West IMAR power grid. The aim is for the project to sell electricity at the local on-grid price of 0.28CNY/kWh instead of 0.4CNY/kWh like other nearby wind farms that benefit from a feed-in-tariff. However in counterpart, UHV power lines are being build specifically for this wind base which should enable to guarantee close to 100% energy offtake, whereas other nearby projects that suffer from severe curtailment  

     

     

    Taiwan 2025 “non-nuclear home” target fails

    A November 30 referendum on abolishing Taiwan’s 2025 non-nuclear target has resulted in the failure of the ruling. Previously, the Taiwanese government proclaimed that Taiwan would stop all operations of nuclear power generation plants before 2025 and replace them with clean energy. On December 2, the act has been declared ineffective. (MOEA)

    Taiwan 2025 installed capacity by technology [resource]

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    Earlier this year, Taiwan approved 5,500MW of offshore wind projects and aimed to have all the projects operating by 2025. The 5,500MW of offshore projects were divided into 3,836MW selected projects and 1,664MW auctioned projects.

     

     

    China State Grid and Portugal REN sign MOU for cooperation in energy

    On December 5 (Portugal local time), under the joint witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, China State Grid and Portugal’s national energy network REN signed an MOU at the Cruz Palace in Lisbon to deepen cooperation and development in the energy field. With this framework, the two sides agree to utilize their respective advantages in South America, Africa and Europe, as well as other regions, to explore energy infrastructure cooperation. China and Portugal are to strengthen joint R&D of new energy technology and the exchange of business best practices via specialized personnel visits between the two countries. (CEC)

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    In 2012, China State Grid acquired 25% of REN’s stock for 387 million EUR and became the company’s largest shareholder.

  • China Cleantech Update February 24, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA posts new energy requirements for selected provinces
    • Goldwind subsidiary announces first microgrid project
    • Power Construction Co of China announces lifetime overseas cumulative installation base of 110GW
    • Goldwind wind turbine blade break down in America



    Renewables: NEA Posts New  Energy Requirements for Provinces
    The NEA published a notice of nine new requirements, aimed at increasing renewable and higher energy efficient power generation. The nine requirements take aim at the major challenges China State Grid faces today: direct power trading, centralized heating systems in the Winter, spinning reserve requirements, and more. NEA placed the notice for Huabei, Dongbei, and Xibei Provinces. (NEA CN)

    These new policies provide guidance to power generation companies on how to do new business, and aim to improve utilization rates for renewables. 


    Microgrid: Goldwind Launches First Microgrid Project
    Goldwind subsidiary Elechwin announced its first microgrid project, to be launched July 2016. It includes 2MW of wind, and an array of solar, microturbine, and storage facilities. The microgrid is grid-connected and utilizes Goldwind-developed transient stability control to maintain voltage stability when the microgrid is in island mode. (Goldwind CN)

    After dealing with tough grid-connection regulations, Goldwind has finally deployed its first microgrid solution in China. By deploying more solutions like this, the microgrid market in China could develop in the coming years.

    Source: Goldwind

  • China Cleantech Update June 25, 2018

    News Summary: 

    • MOF published the 7th batch new energy subsidy list
    • NEA published national power industry statistics from Jan to May
    • Shaanxi Province distributed wind power development plan
    • China and Russia sign nuclear energy cooperation project
    • NDRC & NEA agreeto carry out electricpower system reforms in Tibet

     
     
    MOF published the 7th batch new energy subsidy list


    On June 15, the Chinese Ministry of Finance published the 7th batch of the new energy subsidy list. The batch covers more than 5,000 renewable energy projects that were connected to the grid between closure of the 6th batch and March 2016, including 1,185 grid-connected power generation projects with a total capacity of approximately 53GW.  475 wind farms with cumulative capacity of 34GW account for 64% of all grid-connected power generation projects. 613 solar power projects with cumulative capacity of 17 GW account for 33% of all grid-connected power projects (MOF)

     

     
    The issuance of the subsidy catalogue will help improve the cash flow of related renewable energyprojects,which have not been able to secure full FIT revenue streams since they connected to the grid and started selling electricity, up to years ago. This seventh batch in particular has been awaited for a longer time than in the past, as the application was closed more than a year ago.
     
     
    NEA published national power industry statistics from Jan to May


    Between January and May 2018, a total of 34GW of energy projects have been installed throughout the country.

     


    The data is incomplete as solar installations are not given, however we can extrapolate that they have exceeded 10GW, from looking at the total installed capacity. Hydro and thermalinstallations are slowing down compared to previous years, and windis maintaining a steady growth.
     


    Shaanxi Province distributed wind power development plan


    In June 2018, Shaanxi Province officially issued its distributed wind power development plan, with a total installed capacity of 426 MW. (CHINAWINDNEWS)

     

    From the documents,we can see that a majority of the projectsarebelow 20 MW, and that 90% of them do not overcome 30 MW.  This definitely is a new trend compared to the past were big 50MW projects have been preferred. We remind that smallercapacity distributed wind power projects will benefitfrom more government subsidies (for further information consult the news published on April 23rd).
     

    Xi Jinping andPutinsignnuclear energy cooperation project


    On June 8th, during the Cooperation Summit in Qingdao, the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin signed an agreement for joint construction of 4 VVER-1200 third-generation nuclear reactors in Tianwan, Liaoning province, and Xudabao, Jiangsu province. The value of the contract exceeds 20 billion RMB contract and the total cost of the 2 projects is estimated above 100 billion RMB. (CEC)
     
     
    NDRC & NEA agree Tibet carry out electric reformation


    On June 21st, NDRC & NEA agreed that the Autonomous Region of Tibet will join other provinces in implementing electrical power system reforms, By the end of 2017, Tibet power consumptions reached 6.201TWh and power generation reached 6.226 TWh for a total installed generation capacity of 3.09GW. (NDRC)
     
    Electric reforms applied to a growing number of Chinese provinces form aset of policiesenabling to determineenergy pricesthrough market mechanisms, therefore disrupting the monopoly of grid companies and establishing a more transparent structure for pricing of T&D. 

  • China Cleantech Update March 26, 2018

    Dear readers,

     

    It's been a while since we've shared some weekly China cleantech news. We had interrupted this good habit last year due to some internal changes. Answering the requests of many of you who have kindly contacted us, we're now thrilled to re-launch the effort, especially as plenty is happening and the Chinese cleantech landscape is more exciting than ever. We're starting with this simple info-graphic summarizing the growth in the power market during 2017, to make sure everybody is up to speed. Starting next week we'll revert back to our standard format with 5 selected news items along with summary analysis from our experts. We're always happy to exchange on the Chinese Cleantech markets with you, learn about new technologies and make new friends, so don't hesitate to reach out. Thanks to all for your precious support !

     

    Hubert Beaumont
    Azure International
    CEO

     

  • China Cleantech Update November 05, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Q3 2018 report shows China boosts grid-connected offshore capacity by 1,020MW
    • Fujian DRC approves Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm
    • SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind farm first 6 WTG units connected to the grid
    • 2017 wind power generation average on-grid price decreases 0.43% YOY
    • CIP & Century Group sign 16.5 billion TWD offshore wind foundation contract
    • Baoxin Energy and CGN sign MoU for 1,400MW offshore wind project
    • NEA publishes letter promoting non-subsidized PV & Wind on-grid work
    • NEA data show national wind power utilization hours increase 167hrs by end of August

     

    Q3 2018 report shows China boosts grid-connected offshore capacity by 1,020MW

    By the end of Q3 2018, China’s yearly installedwind capacity reached 12,610MW, a 30% year-on-year (YOY) increase. Total wind generation capacity in China was 267.6TWh, a 26% YOY increase. For China’s grid-connected offshore wind, there was 1,020MW newly added capacity, mainly concentrated in Jiangsu (920MW) and Fujian (90MW) provinces. (NEA)

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    Fujian DRC approves Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm

    Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm will be located in Xinghua Bay, with plans to set 40 units of 5.0MW WTG. Project details – distance from shore: 3km; depth range: 5 to 15m; total investment: 3.44 billion CNY.

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     SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind farm first 6 WTG units connected to the grid

    The 75-unit 4.0MW WTG SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind power project has been successfully connected to the grid. The project is located in Yancheng City’s Binhai County in Jiangsu Province. Project details – distance from shore: 36km; depth range: 17.9 to 18.3m; sea area: 46km2; total investment: 4.96 billion CNY (excludes onshore investment)(CEC)

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    Before this project, SPIC already had two offshore wind farms completed and in operation.

    SPIC Binhai North H1# - 25 units 4.0MW WTG operating in May 2015

    SPIC Binhai North H2# - 100 units 4.0MW WTG operating in June 2018

     

     

    2017 wind power generation average on-grid price decreases 0.43% YOY

    The 2017 national wind power generation average on-grid price was 0.5623CNY/kWh, a 0.43% YOY decrease. Shanghai’s average on-grid price, ranked the highest, was 0.7519CNY/kWh, whereas Yunnan’s was only 0.4238CNY/kWh. (Average on-grid price = power sale income / on-gird power * 1.17 including TAX) (NEA)

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    CIP & Century Group sign 16.5 billion TWD offshore wind foundation contract

    The Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund (CIP) and Century Group (Century) signed an Offshore Wind Foundation Contract for 16.5 billion TWD on October 2. CIP Zhangfang and CIP Xidao, which have a total capacity of 600MW and more than 60 units of offshore wind foundations, will be handed over to Century Group, making it the highest single contract in the history of offshore wind power in Taiwan. (CIP tw)

    CIP Taiwan offshore projects

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    The project is based on Taiwan’s goal to remove nuclear power plants by 2025. Taiwan wants to install a 520MW offshore wind farm in 2020 and a total of 3,000MW offshore wind farms by 2025. In phase I of CIP Zhangfang offshore wind farm, 100MW will be operating in 2021, and in phase II, 452MW will be operating in 2023. For CIP Xidao offshore wind farm, 48MW will be operating in 2024.

     

     

    Baoxin Energy and CGN sign MoU for 1,400MW offshore wind project

    Baoxin Energy has announced the signing of an MoU with CGN for a 1,400MW offshore wind project. The two sides will negotiate a cooperation agreement based on the letter of intent for cooperation. According to the letter, the two sides intend to jointly develop the Shanwei Jiazi Offshore Wind Farm (900MW) and the Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Farm (500MW). After the Shanwei Houhu (500MW) Offshore Wind Farm project is approved, Baoxin Energy and CGN will establish a JV in which CNG will hold 80% and Baoxin 20%. (Sina Finance)

    Shanwei Houhu 500MW project sea area diagram.

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    CGN is a large clean energy group. By the end of 2017, CGN had 21,470MW of nuclear plants in operation, 10,270MW under construction, more than 11GW of wind installed, and more than 2GW of PV installed.

     

     

    NEA publishes letter promoting non-subsidized PV & Wind on-grid work

    In the context ofon goingPhotovoltaic (PV) & Wind technology advancement and costreductions, the National Energy Administration (NEA) announced that it will further promote the acceleration of renewable energy development and competitiveness, and eliminate subsidy dependence as soon as possible. Non-subsidized PV & Wind projects will be approved by local governments and should sign long-term contracts with local power grid companies with curtailment levels below 5%. In this notice, NEA also announced plans to promote direct trading in PV & Wind. In direct trading, PV & Wind developers and customersnegotiateanon-grid price and payaT&D (Transmission and Distribution) price to the power grid company. (BJX)

    Non-subsidized renewable energy direct trading.

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    For illustration, wind farms connected in type I wind resource areas (mostly in North, NE and NW China) can currently receive a subsidized on-grid tariff of0.4CNY/kWh, whereas thermalpower plants in the same region receive between0.25and 0.30 CNY/kWh. However these same wind farms often face severe curtailment, with up to 30% of possible production lost because of grid off-take challenges. .

     

     

    NEA data show national wind power utilization hours increase 167hrs by end of August

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released statistics on the national electricity industry for January to August. Between January and August, national power consumption was 4,529.6TWh, a 9% YOY increase. During this period, there was also 10.26GWofnewly installed wind capacity with 1,412 utilization hours. (NEA)

    Azure has summarized some of the key data in the graph below:

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  • China Cleantech Update September 12, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Zhejiang province to limit coal production and energy consumption
    • NEA publishes national coal power ultra-low emission and energy saving targets
    • Wind production accounts for more than 5% of national total in 1H2018
    • Fujian and Shandong cancel subsidies for distributed PV projects
    • China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm
    • NDRC requires power trading companies to carry out shareholding reforms

     

     

    Zhejiang province to limit coal production and energy consumption

    According to this notice, Zhejiang will control the proportion of coal production, limit the development of high energy-consuming industries and promote development of new energy such as wind, PV and biomass. ( ZJDRC)

    Azure has summarized some of the key data in the graph below:

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    Despite the notice announcing more support for new energy, we are in fact surprised by how small the numbers are for new wind installations. The projections are reasonable in light of historical installations, with average annual installations of 160MW over the past 7 years, but they are not in line with the target of reaching 4GW by 2020 according to the province's 13th 5 year plan, starting from 1.3GW in 1H2018.  We therefore assume that wind targets listed above are not including distributed wind projects nor offshore wind. Zhejiang currently has 252MW of offshore wind under construction and more than 1.2GW already approved.

     

     

    NEA publishes national coal power ultra-low emission and energy saving targets

    2018 National coal power ultra-low emission target: 48,680MW.

    Energy saving transformation target: 53,905MW. (NEA)

    Energy saving target map below:

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    Wind production accounts for more than 5% of national total in 1H2018

    A total of82.9TWh of wind power was produced in China during1H2018 ,accounting for 5.4% of total on-grid power. Wind power trading reached 19.8TWh inluding 9TWh of cross-provincial trading. (CEC)

    1H2018 Wind power market trading diagram

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    Large power generation groupshave participated in wind power transactions in 16 provinces,with the three provinces of Yunnan, Xinjiang and Gansu accounting for more than half. The average transaction pricein these provinces(including production as well ascross-provincialand / or cross-regionaltransmission price s) ranged between 0.37and 0.44 CNY/ kWh.

     

     

    Fujian and Shandong cancel subsidies for distributed PV projects

    Following the“531” < 国家发展改革委财政部国家能源局关于2018年光伏发电有关事项的通知> ( NDRC)policyrealised earlier this year, Shandong & Fujianprovinces are officially cancelling subsidies for newly connected PV project. The final subsidy amount or power tariff depends on the timing of both registration and connection of the project (BJX)

    Fujian distributed PV subsidy breakdown 

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    China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm

    ChinaHuadong Design Instituteis planning to open a groundbreaking 1.1 GW offshore wind farm 90 kilometres from the coast of Jiangsu Province in eastern China.DNV GL announced that it will provide technical support for the feasibility study of China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm converter station.  ( BJX)

    Compared with traditional submarine high voltageAC power transmission(HVAC), VSC HVDC canminimizepowerlossesand is suitable for long distance and large capacity project.

     

     

    NDRC requires power trading companies to carry out shareholding reforms

    According to NDRC document #9 <中共中央国务院关于进一步深化电力体制改革的若干意见> and as part of the power market reform, many new power trading companies have been setup over the past two years. The result however is that most power trading companies are still wholly-owned subsidiaries of the grid company. In this new policy, NDRC now requires that preferably 50% and at least 20% of power trading companies stock be owned by enterprises independent of state grid.  ( NDRC

  • Week of December 17, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC approves 3,000MW of offshore wind capacity for 3 Gorges
    • Power trading companies can now take seats on South Hebei Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee
    • CGN 1,200t jackup vessel launched in Guangdong
    • China’s first turn-key EPCI offshore wind project begins installation
    • November report shows 3.6% YOY industry-wide power generation increase

     

     

    Local DRC approves 3,000MW of offshore wind capacity for 3 Gorges

    As Azure predicted in last week’s (December 10) news report, the Yangjiang government will be approving a series of offshore wind projects before the end of this month. 3-Gorges’ Qingzhou V, VI and VII offshore wind projects with a cumulative capacity of 3,000 MW have been approved by the Yangjiang Development and Reform Commission (DRC) earlier this month. The three projects all plan to deploy 5.5MW and above offshore WTGs. The total investment for all three projects is said to be above 55.3 billion CNY, of which 30% shall be invested as equity by 3-Gorges and 70% as bank financing. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    Yangjiang City’s Qingzhou offshore area has 7 projects with a total installed capacity of 5,000MW. Of these projects, 60% is led by 3-Gorges, followed by 20% from Yuedian and 10% from Huadian and Mingyang. The Yangjiang City projects closely follow the approval of 7 other offshore projects in Jieyang City, also in Southern China’s Guangdong Province, undertaken by Mingyang, CGN and SPIC. Azure sees the timing of these approvals as Guangdong’s last-minute attempt to  help the industry make the best of the existing 0.85 CNY/kWh offshore wind tariff.

     

     

    Power trading companies can now take seats on South Hebei Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee

    The Hebei DRC has released a notice outlining the composition of South Hebei’s new Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee. The committee will consist of 26 members who represent market entities such as power grid enterprises, power generation enterprises, power users, power trading companies, trading centers and third-party institutions (including research institutions and independent experts). (Hebei DRC)

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    The Electricity Market Management Committee is established to ensure the fairness and openness of the electricity market and protect the legitimate rights and interests of market participants. With a more diverse mix of players being represented, Azure believes that China will be pushing power sector liberalization more aggressively. As a result, electricity prices may expected to drop and barriers to inter-provincial electricity trading reduced, which among other benefits can help ease curtailment issues.

     

     

    CGN 1,200t jackup vessel launched in Guangdong

    On December 8, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Guangzhou Huangpu Shipbuilding Co. and China General Nuclear (CGN) launched a 1,200t jackup offshore wind installation vessel which will start operation in early 2019. The platform has a total length of 94.5m, a width of 43.3m, a maximum working depth of 60m and and will be used for installation of offshore wind turbines up to 7MW. (BJX)

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    China’s first turn-key EPCI offshore wind project begins installation

    The Guangdong Yudean Wailuo offshore project is currently undergoing installation and is set to be operating in 2019. The project plans to deploy 36 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 198MW. The project developer, Yudean, signed a  a full turn-key EPCI contract with China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd (GEDI), making it the first domestic offshore wind project for which design, construction and commissioning  is contracted to one single company, therefore allowing to significantly reduce risk and work load for the project owner. (CEEC)

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    November report shows 3.6% YOY industry-wide power generation increase

    The National Bureau of Statistics has released data on China’s energy production for November 2018. In November, industry-wide power generation was 554.3TWh, an increase of 3.6% year-on-year (YOY). Among this statistic, thermal power generation increased 3.9%, hydropower generation increased 1.5%, nuclear power generation increased 24.7%, wind power generation decreased 9.5% and solar power generation increased 2.5%. The fall in wind power production can be attributed to unfavorable wind conditions in Hebei, Shanxi and IMAR. (Stats)

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  • Week of December 24, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Jiangsu DRC approves Zhugensha H2# 300MW offshore wind project
    • Baolihua & CGN establish company to co-develop offshore wind project
    • China publishes first bidding mechanism results for onshore wind project
    • SPIC’s CNY 22 billion project starts construction in Jieyang City
    • China’s biggest offshore WTG shipped to project site

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves Zhugensha H2# 300MW offshore wind project

    According to the Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission (DRC), the Zhugensha H2# 300MW offshore wind project has been approved. The project has a special sea area located between the Guohua Dongtai IV 300MW and Guohua Zhugensha H1# 200MW. The project’s distance from shore is 39km, making it a part of the intertidal zone offshore project. The project plans to deploy 50 units of 4.0MW and 17 units of 6.0MW offshore wind turbines. The project’s total investment is about 5.2 billion CNY and project capital is 1.04 billion CNY. (Jiangsu DRC)

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    While most offshore wind projects in China are developed and operated by large state-owned companies, this project’s developer, Dongtai Shuangchuang New Energy, is a private company. However, it is interesting to note that this project’s legal representative, Mr. Rong Leng, also works for CHN Energy Longyuan, which belongs to state-owned China Guodian Corporation.Last week, another project developped by a private owner was approved in Jiangsu, the GCL Rudong H15 200MW project.

     

     

    Baolihua & CGN establish company toco-develop offshore wind project

    Guangdong Baolihua New Energy Stock (000690.SZ) and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) have agreed to jointly invest in the establishment of a project company to develop the CGN Shanwei Jiazi offshore wind project (900MW) and the CGN Shanwei Houhu offshore wind project (500MW). The registered capital of the project company is 521 million CNY, of which80% million CNYis contributed in cash by CGN, and the remaining 20% held by Baolihua. (Finance sina)

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    China publishes first bidding mechanism results for onshore wind project

    The Ningxia 2018 wind bidding mechanism results have been published. A total of 32 projects joined the bidding, of which 20 successfully received the Ningxia DRC’s approval fora total 1,928 MW capacity. On-grid price bidding ranges from 0.37 to 0.49 CNY/kWh. (Ningxia DRC)

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    Ningxia belongs toaType IV wind resourcearea; prior projects wouldreceivea fixedFIT of 0.49 CNY/kWh. Following the new policy issued in May this year, projects now need to bid for approval with a ranking score partly based on the proposed tariff.  

     

     

    SPIC’sCNY22 billionproject starts construction in Jieyang City

    The SPIC Jieyang 900MW offshore wind project, phase one of the Qianzhan general offshore terminal and the Jieyang gas power generation project have started construction. The three projects’ total investment is above 22 billion CNY. After a construction period of 4-5 years, the Jieyang offshore wind project isexpectedtosupply 2.7TWh of clean energy to Jieyang city annually. The Jieyang gas power generation project is designed with an annual power generation of 1.3TWh andisplanned tostart operating in 2021. (Huilai GOV)

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    China’s biggest offshore WTG shipped to project site

    On December 19, Shanghai Electric’s first 7MW offshore wind turbine has been shipped to the Sanchuan offshore project site in Fujian province. This unit is currently thelargest offshore wind turbineproducedin China so far. (BJX)

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    The Shanghai Electric 7MWPMDDoffshore wind turbineis based on a licensefrom Siemens Gamesa, andShanghai Electric is also working on production of the SG 8MW-167 offshore wind turbine.Deeper sea, complex soil conditions combined with medium wind resource are driving the race for bigger turbines in China. So far Goldwind's 6.7MW turbine was the largest in China, but a number of OEMs are working on 7-8 MW models.

  • Week of February 04, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes 2018 grid-connected wind power report
    • CEC releases national power market analysis and forecast report for 2018-2019
    • NDRC calls for greater promotion and prioritization of renewable energy
    • Local GOV can now independently organize unsubsidized PV generation projects
    • “ZTT 7#” vessel completes Goldwind 6.45MW offshore WTG installation

     

     

    NEA publishes 2018 grid-connected wind power report

    By the end of 2018, China’stotal installed grid-connectedwind powercapacityreached 184.26GW; with a total power generation of 366TWh, wind power made up 5.2% of the total. Wind curtailment rate was 7%, a 5% year-on-year (YOY) decrease. Among regions listed with the highest average wind power utilization hours, Yunnan came first at 2,654hrs, followed by Fujian (2,587hrs), Shanghai (2.489hrs) and Sichuan (2,333hrs). (NEA)

    Map of wind curtailment conditions

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    In 2018, Xinjiang (curtailment rate: 23%, 10.7TWh), Gansu (curtailment rate: 19%, 5.4TWh) and IMAR (curtailment rate: 10%, 7.2TWh) had severe curtailment problems; the three provinces alone made up more than 84% of the country’s total curtailment.

     

     

    CEC releases national power market analysis and forecast report for 2018-2019

    In 2018, national power consumption totaled 6,840TWh, a YOY increase of 8.5%. Based on the country’s current economic situation, however, the outlook for power consumption growth is expected to fall steadily in the coming year, with an estimated growth rate increase of only 5.5%. (CEC)

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    NDRC calls for greater promotion and prioritization of renewable energy

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has requested a review of the management of the priority power generation and preferential power purchase system. The system was established to support the acquisition of clean energy such as wind power and solar power generation, as well as to ensure that clean energy such as nuclear power and large-scale hydropower are fully and safely operated. With the aim of promoting clean energy consumption, green energy development and energy structure optimization in the power industry, the NDRC is now calling for another look at ways to improve the policy system. (NDRC)

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    Local GOV can now independently organize unsubsidized PV generation projects

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has recently revealed the development plan for PV in 2019. Development will be divided into two major parts: PV power generation projects that do not require state subsidies and those that do. Projects that do not require state subsidies will be organized by local organizations on the premise of meeting management requirements such as planning, market environment monitoring and evaluation and implementing conditions such as grid connection. (NEA)

    According to statistics, the average construction cost of wind farms and photovoltaic power plants built in 2017 was 20% and 45% lower than those built in 2012, respectively. (NEA)

     

     

    “ZTT 7#” vessel completes Goldwind 6.45MW offshore WTG installation

    After ZTT (Stock Code 600522.SH) successfully installed the first pile foundation at the 3-Gorges Jiangsu Dafeng 300MW Offshore Wind Power Project site using “MENCK-3500S,” the largest hydraulic pile hammer in China, it also reported that “ZTT 7#,” its offshore installation vessel, successfully installed the first Goldwind 6.45MW offshore wind turbine. (ZTT)

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  • Week of February 18, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NDRC encourages more foreign investment
    • Beijing Olympic Committee and State Grid sign contract for green power supply
    • Jiangsu to eliminate more than 2.8GW of thermal power projects in next two years
    • Shanghai to fund high-end smart equipment projects up to 30 million CNY
    • 2018 report shows Jiangxi wind power generation above 4TWh for 31.35% YOY increase

     

     

    NDRC encourages more foreign investment

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) have released "Industry Directory for the Promotion of Foreign Investment", which is now in its draft stage and open for comments from the public. This notice has two intentions: 1) to revise the current guide for foreign investment industries, which applies to foreign investors and investment projects in various Chinese provinces and 2) to revise the list of advantageous foreign-invested industries in China’s central and western regions. The overall orientation of these revisions is to encourage more foreign investment in a large number of industries and technologiesincluding renewable energy, renewable power generation equipment, key equipment manufacturing and clean power plants. (NDRC)

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    ”Industry Directory for the Promotion of Foreign Investment” actively encourages more foreign investment in modern agriculture, advanced manufacturing, high-tech, modern service industries, etc., giving foreign capital a larger role in the transformation and upgrade of traditional industries, the development of emerging industries and the promotion of a sound economy in China.

     

     

    Beijing Olympic Committee and State Grid sign contract for green power supply

    The Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee and the State Grid Corporation announced that both Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games venues would adopt “Green Power” in an effort to promote the widespread use of green energy in cities such as Beijing and Zhangjiakou in the future. China Huadian signed the contract as a representative of clean energy power generation enterprises (Xinhuanet)

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    Jiangsu to eliminate more than 2.8GW of thermal power projects in next two years

    The Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has stated in a notice that eliminating the backward production capacity of thermal power units is a primary initiative of the power industry, to be carried out by accelerating the transformation of development methods, promoting energy conservation and emission reduction and optimizing the power structure. A total of 72 units of 2.83GW thermal power plants are listed in the notice, with the target timeframe for elimination within two years after the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan”. (Jiangsu DRC)

     

     

    Shanghai to fund high-end smart equipment projects up to 30 million CNY

    The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization (SHEITC) has just launched a special report on Shanghai’s first breakthrough R&D project of high-end smart equipment, which includes offshore wind turbines of 6MW and above and onshore wind turbines of 2-3MW and above. The report states that the project will be funded by SHEITC, in which the allocation offund for each project will not exceed 30% of the amount of the first equipment sales contract. The first international equipment project will receivefunding of 20-30% of the contract amount not exceeding 30 million CNY. (Sheitc)

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    Report shows Jiangxi2018wind power generationexceeds 4TWh, a 31.35% YOY increase

    In the first three years of the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan”, the growth rate of electricity consumption in Jiangxi Province hasincreased stably and is now ranking 9th in the country with an average annual growth rate of 9.54%. In 2018, the province's electricity production and consumption continued to maintain rapid growth, with total consumption reaching 142.877TWh, a YOY increase of 10.42%, and power generation reaching 130.145TWh, a YOY increase of 9.77%. (Jiangxi DRC)

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  • Week of January 02, 2019

    News Summary:

    • China offshore 2018
    • Local DRC pre-approves Shanghai Electric 9.5GW offshore wind projects
    • Yangjiang DRC approves nine distributed wind projects totaling 230MW
    • Jiangsu wind projects to be attributed via competitive bidding in 2019
    • Local DRC releases Shaanxi new bidding mechanisms for onshore wind farms

     

     

    China offshore 2018

    As 2018 comes to an end, Azure has put together a comprehensive review of China’s offshore wind status. By the end of the year, China had a total of 3GW offshore wind projects in operation, with nearly 80% in Jiangsu Province. But the trend is now clearly shifting towards Guangdong Province which is home to more than 30GW of offshore wind projects in various stages of development, representing 90% of the country's pipeline. Note: All analysis data source collected from public data and Azure database.

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    Local DRC pre-approves Shanghai Electric 9.5GW offshore wind projects

    On December 17, 2018, Guangdong Province’s Shantou Development and Reform Commission (DRC) published 10 offshore projects with a total of 9.5GW. (Shantou DRC)

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    Shanghai Electric is currently the largest supplier of offshore wind turbines in China. By the end of 2017, the company had supplied more than 1.5GW of offshore wind turbines in China. In 2017, Shanghai Electric and the Shantou government signed a contract to set up the Shanghai Electric Guangdong offshore wind power intelligent manufacturing base in Shantou with an investment of 500 million CNY. After it is completed and put in operation, the base will have an annual production capacity of 200 wind turbines and an annual output value of more than 10 billion CNY. The facility is expected to ship its first wind turbine towards the middle of 2019.

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves nine distributed wind projects totaling 230MW

    Nine distributed wind farm projects, totaling 230MW, have been approved by the Yangjiang DRC. The project sizes range from 12 to 40MW. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    Jiangsu wind projects to be attributed via competitive bidding in 2019

    According to a new notice posted by the Jiangsu DRC, from 2019 onwards, newly approved centralized onshore wind power projects and offshore wind power projects in Jiangsu Province should all be attributed via competitive bidding mechanisms taking in account proposed on-grid tariff. (Jiangsu DRC)

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    Shaanxi DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for onshore wind farms

    The Shaanxi DRC has drafted new measures for competitive bidding of onshore wind power projects within the province in an attempt to promote efficient development of onshore wind power and technology, industrial upgrading, as well as market-oriented development. The measures will be implemented on January 1, 2019 for a trial period of two years. (Shaanxi DRC)

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    Shaanxi requires that onshore wind projects be between 50 to 100MW and, for developers, that net assets be above 500 million CNY. Projects that do not meet these conditions will be subject to a 5% decrease in developer-proposed on-grid prices and will be restricted from investment for three years.

  • Week of January 07, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Hebei Government approves Xiongan New Area (2018 – 2035) comprehensive plan
    • Fujian DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms
    • Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm II begins construction
    • Xinjiang 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project approved
    • Yunnan “West to East” electricity capacity to reach 39GW
    • China's first 100MW scale solar thermal power station successfully put into operation

     

     

    Hebei Government approves Xiongan New Area (2018 – 2035) comprehensive plan

    The State Council, China’s cabinet, recently approved the comprehensive development plan (2018-2035) for Xiongan New Area, a guideline for developing the region based on international standards with Chinese characteristics. The plan outlines the need to build a green low-carbon city, to optimize energy structures, to build green power supply systems and clean and environmental-friendly heating systems and to promote local renewable energy utilization. (GOV)

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    Fujian DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms

    The Fujian Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has drafted new measures for competitive bidding of offshore wind power projects within the province in an attempt to promote efficient development of offshore wind power and technology, industrial upgrading, as well as market-oriented development. The measures are currently being implemented in a trial period and applied to select projects as detailed below.

    Scope of application:

    1. Projects approved before 2019 – FIT (0.85CNY/kWh)

    2. Projects with determined investment entities and approved after 2018 will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings

    3. Projects that have not yet determined investment entities before May 18, 2018 will be required to determine the investment entities and will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings (Fujian DRC)

    Fujian Xinghuabay offshore wind project

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    Looking at Fujian’s new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms, it seems that the lack of requirement for developer references but increased requirements for offshore wind turbine suppliers have leveled the playing field for foreign investors. As for on-grid pricing, it seems that the Fujian DRC favors excessive competition over proposed on-grid prices.

     

     

    Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm II begins construction

    On December 26, the commencement ceremony for phase two of the Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm was held in Guangdong’s Xuwen County. The project is to have a total installed capacity of 203.5MW with an investment of 3.8 billion CNY. The project plans to deploy 37 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with annual power generation of 484GWh. (Xuwen GOV)

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    The Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Project was divided into two phases. The first phase of the project oversaw a total installed capacity of 198MW and completed its first offshore wind turbine installation in December 2018.

     

     

    Xinjiang 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project approved

    The Xinjiang Hami 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project has been approved by the local DRC. This project is located Northeast of Hami City with a distance of 66km to shore. The project will have a total installed capacity of 1,200MW distributed in four energy storage units of 300MW each. The project will have an investment of 8.2 billion CNY with an annual power generation of 1.4TWh. (XJDRC)

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    The project involves the construction of two reservoirs. The upper reservoir collects snow from Tian Shan (mountain range) and discharges water into the lower reservoir. The water from the lower reservoir is then pumped into the upper reservoir to generate electricity. Due to the large amount of wind power generated by Hami City at night, the power station can use the unutilized wind power to pump water to the reservoir during the nighttime so that the water can drain in the daytime. (SINJIANGNET)

     

     

    Yunnan “West to East” electricity capacity to reach 39GW

    Following implementation and acceleration of the Kunliulong±800kV and Lancangjiang 500kV projects, Yunnan’s “West to East Power Transmission” project is also said to speed up construction for completion by 2020 withelectricity capacity reaching 39GW. (CEC)

    Kunliulong±800kV project

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    Since the transmission of electricity to Guangdong and Guangxi in 1993, it has accumulated 800TWh.Yunnan’s installed capacity for power generation jumped from 1.3GW in 1978 to 93.2GW by the end of October 2018. The proportion of clean energy installed by hydropower accounted for more than 82.7%, becoming an important green energy base and power transmission base for the “West to East” project.

     

     

    China's first 100MW scale solar thermal power station successfully put into operation

    The first-class, energy-saving Dunhuang 100MW molten salt tower type solar thermal power generation demonstration project has been successfully put into operation. This project’s total investment is above 3 billion CNY. According to the requirements of the National Energy Administration (NEA) on the grid connection time of the first batch of demonstration projects, the project will have a FIT of 1.15 CNY/kWh. (cnenergynews)

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  • Week of January 14, 2019

    News Summary: 

    • CGN Baolihua Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Project begins construction
    • World’s first ±1100kV UHV DC line to start operation soon
    • Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project begins operating
    • Five State Grid pumped hydro energy storage stations start construction concurrently
    • First turbine of Datang Binhai offshore wind farm successfully connected to grid

     

     

    CGN Baolihua Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Project begins construction

    The project is to have a total installed capacity of 500MW with an investment of 8.4 billion CNY. The project plans to deploy 91 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with annual power generation of 1.4TWh. This project aims to be operating before the end of 2021. (Shanwei News)

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    This offshore wind project is co-developed by Baolihua (000690.SZ) and CGN. For more details, please see Azure’s December 24 news publication.

     

     

    World’s first ±1100kV UHVDC linetostart operation soon

    The world’s first ±1100kV UHVDirect Currentproject, extending from Changji (Xinjiang Province) to Guquan (Anhui Province), has entered the final inspection stage.With atotal investmentof 40.7 billion CNY, the UHV line spans across six provinces (Xinjiang,Gansu,Ningxia, Shaanxi, Henan and Anhui) overatotal distance of 3,3293km. Theproject started construction in January 2016; after completion, itis planned to send 66TWh of power to China’s eastern regionsannually. (Xinjiang daily)

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    Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project begins operating

    All 16 energy storage power stations of the Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project were completed and put into operation. China has taken an important step in the standardization and scaled construction of grid-side distributed energy storage power stations.The construction scale of the project is 100.8MW/125.8 MWh, with a total of 84 battery containers. (CEC)

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    Five State Grid pumped hydro energy storage stations start construction concurrently

    Five pumped hydro energy storage stations, located in Hebei, Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong and Xinjiang, have begun construction concurrently and are set to operate at 6,000MW capacity by 2026. ThePHES stations have a total investment of 38.7 billion CNY. The construction of these stations is conducive to ensuring safe operation of the power grid and facilitatingintegration of other sources ofclean energy. (CEC)

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    First turbine of Datang Binhai offshore wind farm successfully connected to grid

    The first turbine of the Datang Binhai 300MW Offshore Wind Power Project was successfully connected to the grid. This project began construction in July 2018. On December 29, the first turbinecircuit installation and 35kV submarine cable laying work were successfully completed. (BJX)

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  • Week of January 21, 2019

    News Summary:

    • CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration
    • PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030
    • Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results
    • Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating
    • Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

     

    CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently publicized “Development of Offshore Floating Wind Power Equipment,” a proposed research project of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The project is designed to explore the development of high-tech ships and high-power offshore floating wind power by carrying out research on key technologies and overall design of offshore floating wind power equipment, manufacturing, commissioning of mooring systems and applications at sea. (BJX)

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    With the project encompassing efforts to implement the “Made in China 2025” plan, promote the implementation of strategic emerging offshore engineering projects and improve the level of R&D and design of high-performing equipment in China, it is clear that China is looking to increase self-reliance by promoting large-scale domestic production. Currently, few foreign firms have development rights in China, but it is interesting to note that in late 2018 China seemed more open to the idea of using foreign aid to speed up development in deep-sea wind power. This could be due to prospects that the new policy effective January 1, which subjects all large-scale wind farm development to power price competitive bidding, will put a greater emphasis on the need for cost reduction.

     

     

    PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030

    According to China Petroleum News, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and relevant oil and gas enterprises gathered in Beijing on January 9 to discuss PetroChina’s 2019-2030 underground gas storage construction and deployment plan. There, the various parties signed an agreement that delegated responsibilities accordingly, and it was disclosed that PetroChina would expand ten natural gas storage projects and build 23 new ones by 2030. (The Paper)

    From the winter of 2017 to the spring of 2018, tight supply of natural gas in China raised concerns about insufficient domestic gas storage capacity. According to international standards, the working volume of underground gas storage must exceed 12% of consumption if dependence on natural gas reaches or exceeds 30%. In 2017, the country’s natural gas dependence was close to 40%, and in 2018 exceeded 40%, but its gas storage capacity was far from meeting the standards. China’s geological conditions pose the greatest challenge to building large-scale economical and efficient natural gas storage facilities.

     

     

    Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results

    The Shaanxi Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has released the results for the direct electricity trading between centralized heating users in Shaanxi Province during the winter of 2018-2019. On October 26, 2018, the committee organized 16 direct-transmission power generation enterprises, 33 power sales companies and 412 users to participate, resulting in a total electricity turnover of 1.05TWh (0.329TWh in 2018 and 0.676TWh in 2019).Within this number, 0.889TWh is attributed to industrial and commercial users, and 0.107TWh to other industries. The average transaction price for industrial and commercial users was 321.4CNY/MWh, making the average price difference from other industries 23.45CNY/MWh. (Shaanxi DRC)

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    Note that this list of participants is not exhaustive and represents only a small sample from the experiment. We present this table to demonstrate how thermal power plants are still the major players in direct electricity trading.

    As Azure had previously forecasted, while the direct power trading mechanisms introduced over the past few years were initially expected to have a positive impact in helping integrate clean energy, it is more likely that large coal power plants will continue to dominate the market in the beginning. As we can see from this experiment, the majority of direct electricity traded was still coal-generated electricity.

     

     

    Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating

    On January 11, the Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV Direct Current (DC) project, conducted by State Grid Shandong Electric Power, successfully completed 168 hours of trial operation. The UHV DC line passes through Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Henan and Shandong provinces over a total distance of 1,230km at a rated transmission capacity of 10GW. At present, only two UHV lines, in Weinan and Qingzhou, have a full-load transmission capacity as high as 20GW. (BJX)

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

    On December 28, 2018 the Jiangsu DRC approved 24 offshore wind power projects with a total installed capacity of 6,700MW and a total investment of 122.3 billion CNY. (Offshore wind)

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    The news comes right after the NEA’s announcement that projects approved in 2019 will be subject to competitive on-grid price bidding, and can be seen as local governments’ last-ditch attempts to obtain feed-in tariffs (FIT). The FIT price was not stated, so it is unknown whether or not these projects will actually be receiving them.

  • Week of January 28, 2019

    News Summary:

    • 2018 newly installed grid connected wind power exceeds 20GW
    • Tianjin DRC publishes distributed wind plan (2018-2025)
    • 7 billion CNY pumped hydro station begins construction in Zhejiang
    • China’s farthest offshore wind turbine successfully installed
    • Qinghai’s clean energy supply exceeds 10TWh

     

     

    2018 newly installed gridconnectedwind powerexceeds 20GW

    By the end of 2018, China’stotal installed gridconnectedwind powercapacityreached 184.26GW, a 12.4% year-on-year (YOY) increase. The nation’stotal installed gridconnectedPV power reached 174.63GW, a 33.6% YOY increase. On the power consumption side, national power consumption totaled 6,844.9TWh, an 8.5% YOY increase. (NEA)

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    Tianjin DRC publishes distributed wind plan (2018-2025)

    Tianjin’s 2018-2025 distributed wind plan, in combination with the overall city development plan and the current state of implementation of land, power grid and wind resources, reveals that the target for installed capacity of distributed wind power is set to reach 780MW by 2025. (TianjinDRC)

    Tianjin 100m height wind speed distribution map

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    7 billion CNY Pumped hydro station begins construction in Zhejiang

    The Zhejiang Qujiang pumped hydroelectric energy storage station has begun construction.With a design capacity of 1200MW, thePHES stationrepresents a total investment of 7.3 billion CNY. The station has a planned construction periodof 70 months and once completed will havetwice the installed capacityof the two Xin'anjiang hydropower stations that are also scheduled to be completed in 2025. (JJSB)

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    China’s farthest offshore wind turbine successfully installed

    The first large-diameter offshore monopile foundation for wind turbines has been successfully installed in the Jiangsu Dafeng Offshore Wind Power Project. This is the first offshore wind turbine to be located as far as 70km from shore. (BJX)

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    Renewable energyexport from Qinghai during 2018exceeds 10TWh

    During 2018a total of 12,569 TWh of renewable energy was produced inQinghai, of which10.065TWh was exported to other provinces. At present, the installed capacity of Qinghai Province’s grid-connected renewable energy has reached 12.27GW,including 9GWof PV, 2.66GWofwind and 60MWofsolar thermal power.During 2018, the government of Qinghai province has signed framework agreements with neighboring provinces, giving priority to absorption of new energy coming from Qinghai.(State grid paper)