• 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 April 09, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Yunnan-Guangdong UHV nearing completion
    • Wind energy projects approved in March 2017
    • China Resources Power has reduced coal consumption
    • 2018, Market Supervision of the National Energy Administration
    • The introduction of new Renewable Energy Quotas
    • 300kW tidal power project has been developed

     

    ± 800 kV UHV line nearing completion in Yunnan-Guangdong

    The Yunnan-Guangdong connection is now 98% complete and is expected to be operative by mid-year. It will have a power transmission capacity of 5 GW and plan to deliver 20 TWh of electricity annually, equivalent to 1/4 of the annual electricity consumption in Shenzhen. (CHINA ELECTRICITY COUNCIL)
     
    This 3143 km infrastructure project built to carry excess hydro power in Yunnan to coastal load centers. Through this project, the Zhusanjiao region will be able to reduce its coal consumption by 6 million tons, carbon dioxide emissions by 16 million tons, and sulfur dioxide emissions by 123,000 tons per year.


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  • China Cleantech Update April 2, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Significant offshore wind investments in Guangdong Province
    • 50GW 2030 renewable energy target in Zhangjiakou City
    • New marine area usage fees for offshore wind farm developers
    • 1 GW offshore wind power project agreement in Tianjin

     
     
    Wind: Guangdong Province announces the investment of 16 offshore wind farms

    The Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission has issued the "Guangdong Province Major Construction Project Plan for 2018" officially announcing 1,098 key projects, with a total investment of 5.67 trillion yuan including 600 billion yuan to be invested during 2018. The overall plan includes 16 offshore wind power projects with the first 99MW project already in operation. (GDDRC.GOV.CN)
     
    The plan includes 6 offshore wind farms currently under construction with capacity of 1,618MW and 10 new offshore wind farms with capacity of 3,650MW (see detailed breakdown of project owners from our database below). The total capacity of 5.27 GW is lower but more realistic than the 10 GW of offshore wind which was earlier announced as part of the "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan"(2016-2020) for the Development of Marine Economy in Guangdong Province by 2020. However we advise wind investors to correlate these provincial level plans with national level NEA targets over the same period in order to assess any potential grid connection and FIT risk.

    Source: Azure International

  • China Cleantech Update April 27, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes Q1 solar curtailment rates
    • Jiangsu province to add 900MW wind in 2016
    • NEA publishes Q1 power generation utilization hours 
    • NDRC and NEA release coal production capacity metrics
    • Chongqing government releases guidance on electricity price reform


     
    Solar: NEA Publishes Q1 2016 Solar Curtailment Rates
    First quarter solar installed capacity and curtailment figures were published last week, and levels are high for some provinces. Nationally, 7.2GW of new solar was installed, raising the total installed solar installed capacity to 50.3GW by the end of the quarter. In the first quarter, total solar power generated was 11.8 TWh, and 1.9TWh of solar power was curtailed, or about 14%. Provinces with the worst curtailments are:

    • Gansu, 0.84TWh curtailed, 39% of total
    • Xingjiang, 0.76TWh curtailed, 52% of total
    • Ningxia, 0.21 TWh curtailed, 20% of total. (NEA CN)

    Severe wind curtailment has been a known risk for years, but investors in solar were hoping that integration of PV would be easier, given lower penetration levels and a good match between resource and energy demand patterns. Last year, Azure started to warn that our models also predicted the emergence of PV curtailment in certain regions, which is now being confirmed on the ground. We advise investors to assess PV curtailment risk as part of normal due diligence, as curtailment is set to become the most significant factor in off-take risk for PV projects going forward.
     

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  • China Cleantech Update August 06, 2018

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes 1H2018 wind power on-grid operation situation
    • 157MW of offshore wind installed in 1H
    • Guangdong 2018-2020 “Blue sky defence” plan published by Guangdong Department of Environmental Protection
    • Hainan's first pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) station put into operation
    • Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei included in new energy vehicle battery recycling pilot

     

     

    NEA publishes 1H2018 wind power on-grid operation situation

    During the first half of this year, 7.94GW of new wind capacity was connected to the grid, reaching a total of 171.6 GW. Wind farms produced a total of 191.7TWh, an increase of 28.7% yr-on-yr, with average utilization hours increasing more than 10% since last year. (NEA)

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    The wind curtailment isssue has also been significantly improved, with curtailment decreasing more than 10% in the provinces of Jinlin, Heilongjiang and Gansu.

     

     

    157MW of offshore wind installed in 1H

    With an additionnal 157MW connected during 1H, the total on-grid offshore wind capacity in China is now 2.7GW. (NEA)

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    While 157MW is not a big number, we expect more significant installations in the second half of the year, allowing 2018 to be a record year for offshore wind in China.

     

     

    Guangdong 2018-2020 “Blue sky defence” plan published by Guangdong Department of Environmental Protection

    The plan lists installed capacity targets for all clean energy, including 16GW of Nuclear, 6.5GW of Wind and 5GW of PV. Key cities for deployment of offshore wind are Zhuhai, Shantou, Shanwei, Yangjiang, Zhengjiang and Jieyang. By the end of 2020, the province should have more than 2GW offshore wind in operation and more than 6.5GW under construction.(GDEP)

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    As a power import province, and the most populated province in China with a population above 100 million, Guangdong has a lot of grid space to build its power generation capacity. In 2017, Guangdong consummed 595.9 TWh but produced only 451.6 TWh.

     

     

    Hainan's first pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) station put into operation

    The 600MW PHES project has 3 units of 200MW each and projected annual power generation of 1.0 TWh for a total investment of 3.4 billion CNY. This dam is adjacent to Hainan province load centers and to nuclear power transmission channels. (Hainan News)

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    Once it comes into operation, the PHES station will enable to reduce the average peak-regulation rate of thermal power in Hainan by 11%, and to increase provincial thermal power annual utilization hours by 374 hours.

     

    Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei included in new energy vehicle battery recycling pilot

    The NEA has launched a large scale pilot project to explore technical and market solutions to encourage recycling of batteries used in electric vehicles.  So far the projet will involve the regions of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Shanxi Province, Shanghai and Guangdong Province. The annoucement also introduces China Railway Tower Co., Ltd as a key player in the pilot project.  (GOV) (NEA)

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  • China Cleantech Update August 28, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Guangdong DRC publishes opinion on new bidding mechanisms for wind farms
    • Jan to Jul energy statistics published by NEA
    • 3-Gorges Guangdong 400MW offshore wind farm approved by Yangjiang DRC
    • SPIC secures project approval for 2 offshore wind farms in Guangdong province
    • Mingyang and SPIC sign an MOU for cooperation on offshore wind

     

    Guandong DRC publishes opinion on new bidding mechanisms for wind farms

    Guangdong is the first province to publish clarifications on the specific mechanisms which will be used to allocate wind farm subsidies following the new competitive on-grid tariff guidelines requirements issued by NEA earlier this year. The document provides some details on the scoring scale which will enable to compare bidders, as well as guidelines on procedures for applying for subsidies. (GD DRC)

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    According to theNEA policy issued earlier this year (NEA), the tariff related score for both onshore and offshore wind farms should account for at least 40% of total score. The remaining criteria are listed in the pie charts above. For offshore projects, the business capability score, which relies on a specific scale for rating references, is the second most important criteria with a weight of 30%. For onshore projects progress on preliminary construction is given more importance.

     

     

    Jan to Jul energy statistics published by NEA

    From Jan to Jul, power consumption in China reached 3,877.5TWh, a 9% increase yr-on-yr.  Wind showed the strongest growth, with new installations of 9.46 GW, with utilization hours improving as well. (NEA)

     

    Azure has summarized key information in the graphs below:

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    3-Gorges Guangdong 400MW offshore wind farm approved by Yangjiang DRC

    Theprojecthas a sea area of approximately 67km2, waterdepthof21 to26m and distance to shore of15.9km.The project will feature 73 5.5MWwind turbines with a projected annual production of 1.5TWh.

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    SPIC secures project approval for 2 offshore wind farms in Guangdong province

    SPIC Jieyang Jinghai 150MW & Shenquan PhaseI 400MW offshore wind projectshave been approved by Jieyang DRC.The two projects will require a combined number of 101 5.5MW wind turbines. Both projectsplan to start construction by the end of 2018 and will be operating in 2021.(JYDRC)

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    Mingyang is the only turbine supplier with a 5.5MW turbine on the market and is securing a large number of orders in Guangdong province where it is headquartered, especially this year as developers are rushing to secure approvals while the 0.85 CNY / kWh feed in tariff is still available.

     

     

    Mingyang and SPIC sign an MOU for cooperation on offshore wind

    Mingyang and SPIC signed an MOUregardingfixed as well as floatingoffshore wind.The strategic partnershipwill be focused on offshore wind power development, clean energy equipment supply, technical cooperation, international projects, information sharing, engineering construction and ancillary services.(BJX)

  • China Cleantech Update December 02, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA Publishes Power Generation Utilization Hours for First Three Quarters of 2016  
    • Renewable Power Generation on the Northwest Grid Surpasses 70 TWh
    • Goldwind to Supply 82 MW Wind Farm in Chile




    Statistics: Utilization Hours for First Three Quarters of 2016 Published by the NEA 

    • The NEA recently published data on the average utilization hours for all power plants over 6,000 KW. During the first three quarters of 2016 average utilization hours declined to 2,818 hrs, which makes for a decrease of 179hrs when compared to the same time frame in 2015. The key findings as broken down by sector:
    • Total Hydro installed capacity: 280 GW; Utilization hours: 2,766 hrs; an increase of 127 hrs
    • Total Thermal installed capacity: 1,030 GW; Utilization hours: 3,071 hrs; a decrease of 213 hrs
    • Total Wind installed capacity: 140 GW; Utilization hours: 1,251 hrs; a decrease of 66 hrs


    National Utilization Hours for First Three Quarters of 2016

    (Source: Azure International)

    The top two provinces for wind utilization hours are southwestern provinces, with Yunnan at 1,712 hrs and Sichuan at 1,643 hrs. In the same time, Gansu, Xinjiang and Jilin utilization hours remain low, at 870, 946, 951, respectively. With regards to thermal generation, an average of 3,071 hrs is the lowest level since 2005. (NEA CN)

  • China Cleantech Update December 09, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes Wind Power 13th Five Year Plan (十三五)
    • Hydro Power 13th Five Year Plan (十三五)  published by NEA
    • China's Sany Signs MoU with Indian State of Gujarat
    • CNBM of China Lands 212 Million USD Solar Project in Portugal




    Plan: Wind Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan “十三五”  Published by NEA 
    The NEA recently published the Wind Power Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan. The development plan lays out comprehensive onshore and offshore installation targets per province for 2020.  According to the document, by the end of 2015, total installed wind capacity was 129 GW, and total power generation from wind 186.3 TWh, which was 3.3% of national power consumption. By 2020, installed wind capacity will be 210 GW, with total power generation more than doubling to 420 TWh, 6% of national power consumption. The development plan also highlights cross provincial UHV transmission lines under construction or that have recently come online, aimed at delivering power from the north to east and central China. (NEA CN)

    Long Distance Cross-Provincial UHV Transmission Lines Highlighted in Wind Power Development Plan



    2015 Installed Capacity and 2020 Targets, by province

     


    Source: Azure International, NEA

    The wind development plan calls for continued capacity expansion by 2020, however, as seen in the chart above, 64% of new capacity additions, 64 GW, will be in southern provinces with less robust wind resources. This reflects central planners desire to ease high curtailment levels in the “three norths”, 三北, area of the Northwest, Northeast and North China grids. Provinces seeing the largest capacity increase to 2020 are Yunnan (7.9 GW, 191%); Hebei (7.8 GW, 76%); Jiangsu (5.4 GW, 131%); and Henan (5.1 GW, 559%). Provinces that saw the highest levels of curtailment in 2016, such as Gansu (1.48 GW, 12%) Xinjiang (1.09 GW, 6%) and Jilin (0.56 GW, 13%) are targeted for much smaller capacity increases. Offshore wind development is also emphasized, with Fujian set to build 3 GW, or 60% of total offshore wind, by 2020. 

  • China Cleantech Update December 13, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes Biomass 13th Five Year Plan (十三五)
    • Guangdong DRC Publishes Guangdong Onshore Wind Development Plan (2016-2030)
    • Goldwind and Apple Announce Joint-Venture




    Plan: Biomass Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan “十三五”  Published by NEA
    The NEA recently published the Wind Power Development Plan, part of China's national 13th Five Year Plan. According to the document, by the end of 2015, total installed wind capacity was 10.3 GW, and total power generation from wind 52 TWh, approximately 0.92% of national power generation. By 2020, installed wind capacity will reach 15 GW, with total power generation nearly doubling to 90 TWh, 1.3% of national power generation. (NEA CN


    Biomass pipeline covering the period of the 13th Five Year Plan

    Source: Azure International

    During the 13th Five Year Plan,  total investment in the Biomass industry will reach 196 billion RMB. Of this 196 billion RMB, 40 billion RMB will go towards power generation, 120 billion RMB for biogas, 18 billion RMB for biomass briquette industries, and 18 billion RMB for investment into liquid biofuels.


  • China Cleantech Update February 14, 2017

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes Solar 13th Five Year Plan (十三五)
    • NDRC publishes Renewable Energy 13th Five Year Plan 
    • NDRC issues tariff adjustments for utility solar and onshore wind
    • Offshore wind project approval authority handed down to provincial NEAs
    • Shandong starts Electricity Reform Pilot Program
    • Guangdong publishes Measures on Retail Electricity Reform




    Plan: Solar Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan “十三五”  Published by NEA
    In December the NEA  published the Solar Power Development Plan, part of China's national 13th Five Year Plan. According to the document, by the end of 2015, total installed solar capacity was 43 GW, and total power generation from solar sources was nearly 40 TWh , approximately 0.7% of national power generation. By 2020, installed solar capacity is targeted to reach 110 GW, with total power generation more than tripling to 150 TWh, 1.6% of national power generation. (NEA CN

     

    Source: Azure International

    While not specified in the Solar Power Development Plan, under the Electricity Development Plan, the Solar Power target for 2020 further calls for 60 GW of distributed solar and 5 GW of concentrated solar, with the remaining 45 GW assumed to be standard utility scale solar. 

    While the explosive buildout of utility scale solar projects in 2016 puts the current installation numbers at 77 GW at 2016 year end, the majority of this growth has been from utility scale projects rushing to completion before the large tariff cut in June. Currently distributed solar in China is hovering at around only 7 GW. Therefore while the 110 GW target will likely be surpassed, it is unlikely that distributed solar will be able to reach its sub-target of 60 GW.

  • China Cleantech Update February 20, 2017

    News Summary:

    • CEC publishes solar installation statistics for 2016
    • State Council publishes National Land Planning Outline 2016-2030
    • China Sunergy to build 400 MW solar module facility in California
    • Green certificate trading program trial rules issued by NDRC




    Solar: 2016 Solar Installation Statistics Published by the CEC
    The CEC recently published statistics on domestic solar installations for 2016. According to the document, by the end of 2016, over 34 GW of new solar energy had been installed across the country, bringing the total installed capacity to over 77 GW. Total power generation from solar in 2016 was 66 TWh, approximately 1% of national power generation. 28% of new installations occurred in the Northwest area comprising Shaanxi (217 GW), Gansu (76 GW), Ningxia (217 GW), Qinghai (119 GW) and Xinjiang (329 GW). (CEC)

     

    Source: Azure International, CEC

    As mentioned in last week's News Update, the frenzied growth in solar in 2016 is largely due to utility scale projects rushing to completion before the large tariff cut in June 2016. However under the Electricity Development Plan, the Solar Power target for 2020 further calls for 60 GW of distributed solar and 5 GW of concentrated solar, with the remaining 45 GW is assumed to be standard utility-scale solar. Thus we expect the next three years to see a moderate cooling of utility scale projects in China as local governments digest current project pipelines. 

    On the other hand, current installation figures indicate distributed solar capacity in China is hovering at around only 10 GW. Therefore while the 2020 target of 110 GW target will likely be surpassed, it will be difficult for distributed solar to reach its sub-target of 60 GW, especially as the regions currently driving solar installation figures (Northwest and IMAR) are almost exclusively installing utility scale projects, with distributed projects concentrated more in highly populated east coast provinces. 

  • China Cleantech Update February 27, 2017

    News Summary:

    • CWEA publishes wind installation statistics for 2016
    • NEA publishes guiding opinion on energy work for 2017
    • Yingli Solar receives noncompliance notice from NYSE 




    Wind: 2016 Solar Installation Statistics Published by the CWEA
    China Wind Energy Association recently published new wind installation figures for 2016. New installations of wind dropped by 24% to 23 GW, down from 30 GW in 2015. This new installation of wind power brings the total installed capacity to 169 GW. Windy northwest provinces continued to attract the most amount of new capacity additions (26%), followed by the North China (Huabei) region (24%) and East China (Huadong) region (20%). Additionally, total offshore wind power capacity increased by 64%, with over 590 MW of new capacity installed in 2016, bringing the total offshore wind capacity to 1.6 GW. (ESCN)

     


    Source: Azure International, CWEA

    High curtailment in windy provinces is clearly making its mark on new installation patterns. While the resource-rich northwestern provinces still saw the largest share of new capacity additions at 26%, this was down from 2015's whopping 38%. In the face of congested transmission lines and high curtailment, developers are choosing to build closer to load centers, as evidenced by the eastern coastal region of Huadong seeing the largest percent increase in new capacity of any region.



    Plan: Guiding Opinion on Energy Work for 2017 Published by NEA
    According to the NEA's 2017 Guiding Opinion on Energy Work, by the end of 2017 China will install 20 GW of new wind capacity, with another 25 GW under construction. The document also calls for a gradual shift to developing wind in eastern coastal and southern provinces, as well as a short-term stay on building new wind power in provinces that have curtailment rates above 20%. Finally, the document also calls for the acceleration of offshore wind development. (BJX CN)

    As made clear both by the CWEA wind statistics and the NEA's guiding opinions, the major story for wind in 2017 is China's increasing emphasis on developing wind generation sources closer to eastern and southern coastal load centers. This emphasis on developing wind proximal to load centers can be seen both in the increasing emphasis on offshore wind generation as well as the targets set out in the 13th Five Year Plan to shift development away from windy northern provinces to the south and east. 



    Markets: NYSE  Issues Noncompliance Notice to Yingli Solar 
    Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) announced that the company had received notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Regulation  on February 9th, 2017. The notice stated that the company was below the continued listing standards of the NYSE, specifically that its average market capitalization over a 30 day period was below $50 million. Following the notice, Yingli has 90 days to present a plan to the NYSE demonstrating how it will regain compliance with NYSE's standards within 18 months. The plan will then be evaluated by the NYSE. If accepted, Yingli will be subject to quarterly reviews of its compliance progress. If the plan is not accepted, Yingli Green Energy will be subject to suspension and delisting procedures from the New York Stock Exchange, although the stock may continue trading in over-the-counter (OTC) markets. (PRNewswire)

    Yingli modules at a 50 MW Datong solar farm

    Source: Yingli Solar

    This notice is not the first time Yingli has come into problems with the NYSE's continued listing standards, as the company faced the threat of delisting in November of 2015 as well, when its shares were trading below the $1 threshold for 20 consecutive days. Furthermore, according to Yingli's latest quarterly earnings report, for the third quarter 2016 Yingli suffered an operating loss of $34 million.

  • China Cleantech Update July 02, 2018

    News Summary: 

    • JiangsuDRC issues 2018 wind development and construction plan
    • Jiangsu DRC guidance for development of distributed energyand micro grids
    • Direct power trading in Beijing in June
    • AnhuiDRC issues distributed wind development and construction notice
    • Guohua Dongtai IV 300MW offshore wind project officially starts construction

     
    JiangsuDRC publishes 2018 wind development and construction plan
    The plan features 46 projects with total installed capacity of 2.58GW, and estimated utilization hours of 2,000 hrs in 2018. (Jiangsu DRC)

     


    In 2017, Jiangsuprovince saw power consumption of 580.8 TWh and power generationof 488.5TWh, therefore needing to satisfy more than 15% of its energy  demand by importing power from other provinces.As consequence, Jiangsu has no curtailment issue and it was listed as a "green province" in the 2018WindPowerInvestmentMonitoring report of theNDRC , meaning that it can move forward with their wind planning, by opposition to some "red provinces" which have to interrupt wind developments.
     
     
    Jiangsu DRC guidance for development of distributed energyand micro grids
    The documents proposes establishement of 20 micro-grid demonstration projects in Jiangsu province by 2020, representing 400MW of newly-added distributed energy capacty; and also guides towerdas building 50 projects by 2025, with an associated capacity of 2,000MW. (Jiangsu DRC)

    Source(BJX)
     
    Distributed energy microgridsaregenerally characterizedas clean, small, autonomous andconvenient.Their aim is to achieve a balance between local energydemand and production.
     
     
    Direct power trading in Beijing in June
    The Beijing Electric Trading Center saw 14 transactions in June, totalling 16,4 TWh of direct power trading, and including 7% of clean energy. Transactions are not only for power produced or consummed in Beijing however, but cover several provinces in the country. (BJX

     
     
    AnhuiDRC issues distributed wind development and construction notice
    The notice calls for DRC bureaus in all Anhui cities to submit their 2018 - 2020 distributed wind pipeline by the end of July. (Anhui DRC)
     
    Yet another province rapidly compiling its distributed energy plans, confirming the clear new trend in the industry.
     
     
    Guohua Dongtai IV 300MW offshore wind project officially started
    On June 22, Jiangsu Shenhua and its suppliers held a ground breaking ceremony for the start of construction of the Guohua Dongtai IV 300MW offshore wind project.(BJX)

     


     
    Dongtai IV iscurrently the offshore wind farm which is furthest from shore in China. After completion,it is expected to produce 813GWh annually, equivalent to 20% of Dongtai city's annual electricity consumption.

  • China Cleantech Update July 09, 2018

    News Summary: 

    • Sinovel Wind Power spends $57.5 million on reconciliation with AMSC WINDTEC
    • Asia's largest offshore wind farm starts operating
    • Gansu publishes its 13th 5 year energy development plan
    • SIDRI & INNOSEAsign offshore wind power engineering cooperation MOU
    • Datang Nanao Lemen 400MW offshore windfarm has been approved

     
     
    Sinovel Wind Power spends $57.5 million on reconciliation with AMSC WINDTEC
    Since 2011, AMSC WINDTEC has filed several law suits against Sinovel and its affiliates due to intellectual property issues which arised in their patnership to deploy power electronics for Sinovel wind turbines in China. After 7 years of struggle, it seems that the dispute may have finally come to end, with Sinovel paying $57.5 million to AMSC Windtec's Chinese subsidiary in Suzhou (SinaNews)
     
    Sinovel and AMSC started cooperating on wind turbine power electronics in 2005; a few years before Sinovel became the leading Chinese wind turbine OEM. The dispute starting in 2011 significantly affected Sinovel's image worldwide and is suspected to be the key reason for the group's decline in the following years. It is yet unknown what this final settlement may mean for both companies, as Sinovel's turbine sales have almost come to a halt last year, and AMSC's initial claim was initially counted in billion dollars.

     


     
     
    Asia's largest offshore wind farm stars operating
    The 100th Shanghai Electric 4MW wind turbine of the SPIC Binhai North H2# 400MW offshore wind power project has been connected to the grid, which indicates that the offshore wind power project has successfully completed full-capacity connection operation and has officially become the largest offshore wind farm in Asia.(JSTV)

     


     
    This is the same wind farm which had a severe accident at its offshore substation exactly 1 year ago which resulted in one casualty and partial loss of the OSS. It seems however that the accident did not cause significant delays in project constrution as the wind farm was completed according to schedule.
     
     
    Gansuprovincepublishes its 13th 5 yearenergy development plan
    The province targets installed capacity of 14GW of wind, 9.9GW of PV and 9.5GW of Hydro power by 2020. At the same time, Gansu engages to reduce wind & PV curtailment as well as increase utilization hours. (Gansu GOV)

     
    Most provinces have issued their 13th 5 year plan more than a year ago. Gansu was likely slowed down in this process due to challenges with integration of renewables, as average wind curtailment reached 33% in 2017 (NEA)
     

    SIDRI & INNOSEA signMOU for cooperation on offshore windengineering
    SIDRI (Shanghai Investigation Design & Research Institute), the engineering branch of China Three Gorges Group, and INNOSEA, a subsidiary of London Offshore Consultants delivering offshore wind engineering and design services, signed a MOU for cooperation on offshore wind power. SIDRI earlier purchased Innosea's offshore wind power foundation design and optimization software PREDIN as well as related training services. During the visit, the two sides also had detailed discussion about cooperation on deep sea jacket foundation design and floating wind power. (BJX)

     


    Azure International and Innosea have setup a partnership for delivering offshore wind design and engineering services in China, and the cooperation with SIDRI marks one of the first key milestones the consortium has achieved.  China's effort to become a global leader in offshore wind energy creates opportunities for western companies with relevant experience and references to participate. With more than 15 years experience in the Chinese wind sector, Azure is well poised to facilitate and support such partnerships.
     
     
    Datang Nanao Lemen 400MW offshore wind farm has been approved
    Datang Nanao Lemen 400MW offshore wind project in Guangdong has been approved, with a sea area of 56 square kilometers, a total installed capacity of 400MW, and featuring 57 wind turbines of 7 MW each. The wind farm is expected to provide 1.2 TWh of clean energy per year. (Datang Group)

  • China Cleantech Update March 03, 2017

    News Summary:

    • Wind project approvals halted for six northern provinces
    • 2016 IMAR power generation summary published by statistics bureau 
    •  Preliminary construction begins on biomass power plant in Guinea-Bissau




    Wind: NEA Issues 2017 Wind Investment Monitoring and Warning Results
    The NEA recently published monitoring and warning results for wind investment in 2017. Most important is the red-listing of six major wind producing provinces, which prevents project approvals for new wind power projects. The affected provinces are: Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Jilin and Heilongjiang. The NEA document also encourages a greater and concentrated effort for wind investment in the greater Jing-Jin-Tang area, which borders the red-listed provinces. (NEA CN)

    Map of Regions where Wind Power Project Approvals Are Halted (Red)

     

    Source: Azure International, NEA

    Authorities continue to struggle with high curtailment rates in many provinces due to significant installed capacity, low power demand, or transmission bottlenecks constraints. The red-listed provinces account for over 76 GW, 51% of total wind capacity in China. Individually, the affected provinces all experienced high levels of curtailment in 2016, with Inner Mongolia (21%), Jilin (30%), Heilongjiang (19%), Gansu (43%), Ningxia (13%), and Xinjiang (38%). The intent of the temporary ban on project approvals is to  push project development southward. The halt corroborates with the trend to push wind power development away from Northern areas and towards the South.

  • China Cleantech Update March 09, 2016

    News Summary:

    • Azure Winterwind 2016 presentations now publicly available
    • China Sunergy at risk of Nasdaq delisting
    • Goldwind has record year with 7GW wind sold
    • State Council reviews new urbanization construction policy
    • Renewable energy generation target set for 9% by 2020
    • China Three Gorges Corporation announces 30MW wind project in Myanmar

     

     
    Azure Conference: Sebastian Meyer Delivers Keynote Speech at Winterwind 2016
    Sebastian Meyer, Azure’s Director of Research, delivered both a keynote and a panel speech at the Winterwind International Wind Energy Conference in Sweden on February 12th this year. Sebastian’s presentations are available for download here.
     
     
     
    Finance: China Sunergy Fails to Meet Nasdaq Continued Listing Standards
    China Sunergy (CSUN) announced its receipt of Nasdaq’s notice of failure to meet the Nasdaq continued listing standards. China Sunergy bid price has fallen below $1. If the price does not exceed $1 for 10 consecutive days in the next 180 days, it will be delisted permanently. (PR Newswire EN)
     
    China Sunergy stock is down 65% since March 2015, and has had a series of bad press, such as posting its 2014 Q2 results a yearlate
     

     

    China Sunergy HQ In Nanjing, Source: PV Magazine