• China Cleantech Update March 09, 2017

    News Summary:

    • Anhui's Industrial Green Development Plan calls for the acceleration of distributed solar
    • Fujian government publishes list of key construction projects for 2017
    • Jinko Solar and Japan's Marubeni sign 1.18 GW power purchase agreement in Abu Dhabi
    • Weinan City, Shaanxi publishes New Energy and New Materials Development Plan (2016-2020)




    Solar: Anhui's Industrial Green Development Plan Emphasizes Distributed Solar
    Anhui's Economic Information Council recently released the Industrial Green Development Plan as part of the province's 13th Five Year Plan. The document calls for the acceleration of constructing distributed energy sources in industrial parks, with particular emphasis on solar rooftops and solar heaters. Distributed solar, along with smart grid technology, is encouraged for integration into industrial parks, particularly iron and steel factories, as part of Anhui's promotion of industrial energy efficiency. (BJX CN)

     

    Source: Azure International

    While not specified in the most recent Solar Power Development Plan, under the national Electricity Development Plan, the Solar Power target for 2020 contains a 60 GW sub-target for distributed solar. Anhui province currently has 3.45 GW of installed solar capacity, however, only 780 MW of this is distributed solar. Nevertheless, this installed capacity figure still makes Anhui the fifth largest province for distributed solar in China. The top four are Zhejiang (2,070 MW), Jiangsu (1,730 MW), Shandong (1,190 MW), and Guangdong (880 MW). 

    Developing distributed solar has been more difficult than utility-scale projects primarily due to the high self-consumption threshold requirement set out by the NEA. The requirement mandates that at least 80% of the self-generated power will be consumed on-site with no more than 20% of the power sold back to the grid, and largely limits the applications of distributed solar to energy intensive industrial parks. Therefore, successfully integrating distributed solar with heavy industry will be key if China's ambitious 60 GW sub-target is to be met by 2020. 

  • China Cleantech Update March 20, 2017

    News Summary:

    • Fujian province publishes development plan outline under 13th Five Year Plan
    • China's SPIC, Mingyang Electric to develop offshore wind power in Guangdong province
    • ReneSola plans 550 MW of global solar installations in 2017
    • Shanxi province publishes January wind power statistics




    Wind: Fujian Province Publishes Development Plan Outline of the Provincial 13th Five Year Plan
    Fujian province recently published the provincial development plan as part of its 13th 5YP. Included in the plan is the provincial government's intention to promote both onshore and offshore wind development. While the provincial target does not set out a concrete installation number for 2020, instead calling for a “doubling of 2015's installed capacity of 1.72 GW” by 2020. (Fujian DRC)

    Fujian Province Large Scale Power Projects Distribution Map

     

    Source: Fujian DRC

    Offshore wind currently occupies only a small percentage of China's total wind generation capacity, however we expect it to grow steadily over the coming years. China has currently set out a national 5 GW target for offshore wind development, with Fujian slated to be the centerpiece of this development. The Fujian Putian Nanri offshore wind project's total installed capacity of 400 MW is currently the largest offshore wind project in China. 

    Under the national target, Fujian province plans to reach 3 GW by 2020, or 60% of total offshore wind. However the provincial development target is more vague, simply calling for a “doubling of 2015 installed capacity”. While doubling 2015's 1.72 GW would certainly surpass the national target of 3 GW, the noncommittal language used for the provincial target is reflective of the difficulties China has faced in developing offshore wind, with it's attendant technological challenges, greater investment needed and longer build-out period.

  • China Cleantech Update May 05, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes Q1 2016 wind power generation data
    • Tibet begins construction on first 1GW+ hydro power plant
    • Hebei province approves Zhangjiakou 6.8GW phase three wind power base
    • Xinjiang pilots new retail-side electricity purchase program

     

     
    Wind: NEA Posts Q1 2016 Wind Power Generation and Curtailment Data
    The NEA announced wind power data for the first quarter 2016. Total new wind installed capacity was 5.3GW, raising the cumulative total installed wind capacity to 134GW. Total wind power generation for the quarter was 55.2 TWh, and a staggering 19.2 TWh of wind power was curtailed. Key high curtailment regions, by absolute percentage, were:

    • Jilin: 1.2 TWh curtailed, 53% of total, 224 utilization hours
    • Xinjiang: 2.9 TWh curtailed, 49% of total, 189 utilization hours
    • Gansu: 3.2 TWh curtailed, 48% of total, 294 utilization hours
    • Ningxia: 1.1 TWh curtailed, 35% of total, 264 utilization hours (NEA CN)

    The Northern regions — western, central, and eastern — are both major wind resource and wind curtailment zones. The map below highlights the curtailment levels by province. These areas are low population, high installed capacity areas, where power needs to be exported or else it is underutilized. Azure provides curtailment modeling and consulting services to forecast curtailment levels in the future.
     
    Q1 2016 Wind Power Curtailment Levels by Province

    Source: NEA, Azure International

     

  • China Cleantech Update May 25, 2016


    News Summary:

    • Shandong province publishes 2016 wind power plan
    • NEA publishes March 2016 energy consumption statistics
    • NEA responds to flooding and hydropower curtailment issues in central China
    • Hebei plans to expedite Chengde, Hebei phase two wind power plant

     

     
    Wind: Shandong DNC Publishes 2016 Wind Power Development and Construction Agreement
    The Shandong DNC published its 2016 wind power development and construction plan, focused on the cities of Yantai, Dezhou, Binzou, and Qingdao. The government is following up on nationwide capacity plans the NEA published in March,  requiring Shandong to build 3.3GW new wind power in 2016. The chart below highlights the highest wind penetration regions in Shandong province. (Shandong Gov CN)
     
    Current Installed Capacity in Shandong province, as of May 2016

    Source: NEA, Azure International
     
    Azure maintains a database of historic, planned, approved, and in-construction wind farms across China, and is able to help forecast future wind power penetration and curtailment rates at the provincial level.
     
     

  • 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 November 17, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA Releases Electric Power Sector Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan
    • CNBM International Purchases Ukrainian Solar Farm Operator Neptune Solar LLC
    • Gansu DRC Announces Completion of Jiuquan-Hunan ±800kV UHV DC Transmission Line and Construction of 200 MW Wind Farm in Tongwei, Gansu

     
     
     
    13th Five Year Plan: National Electric Power Sector Development Plan Released by the NEA 
    On November 7th, the long-awaited Electric Power Sector Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan was released by the NEA. Although further details are slated for release at a later date, key takeaways from this release include:

    • Targets for total electricity capacity by 2020 to reach 2 TW, up from 1.5 TW in 2015.
    • By 2020 thermal power capacity should be "controlled" by adding 200 GW to a total capacity of 1.1 TW
    •  Non-fossil fuel capacity is planned to reach 720 GW or 30% of total capacity.
    • Wind capacity is planned to reach 210 GW by 2020, including 5 GW of offshore wind.
    • Solar capacity is slated to reach 110 GW, including 60 GW of distributed solar and 5 GW of concentrated solar. (NEABJX CN)

     
    Along with renewable capacity expansion, the development plan includes concrete benchmarks for mitigating renewable curtailment, with the NEA calling for renewable curtailment to be limited to a "reasonable level" of 5%. National curtailment levels for wind and solar in 2015 were 15% and 13%, respectively. The plan also calls for implementing power trading spot market trials by the end of 2018, and a national rollout of spot markets by 2020. 
     
     
     
    Solar: CNBM International Purchases Ukrainian Solar Farm Operator Neptune Solar LLC
    CNBM International Corp of China recently completed a 100% purchase of Ukrainian Solar farm operator Neptune Solar LLC. Neptune Solar has a photovoltaic (PV) park in Mykolaiv region with a capacity of 29.3 MW operational since 2013. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has already approved the deal with CNBM, and CNBM is said to be interested in other solar assets in Ukraine as well.(SEE
     
    We expected overseas acquisitions to continue as domestic PV projects face lower tariffs and stiff solar curtailment. The national curtailment rate for 2015 was 13%, however, provinces with higher solar penetration such as Gansu and Xinjiang have been experiencing curtailment rates as high as 32% and 33%.
     

     

    (Ukrainian Solar Farm, Source:SEE
     

  • China Cleantech Update November 25, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA Publishes January to September 2016 On-Grid Wind Data
    • Total Electricity Consumption Statistics Published for October
    • Gamesa to Build 90 MW Offshore Wind Farm in Tianjin

     
     
     
    Wind: First Three Quarters On-Grid Wind Data Published by the NEA 
    The NEA published wind operations data from January to the end of September 2016. Ten GW of wind power came online during this period and wind power sent to the grid reached 169.3 TWh. The average utilization hours was 1,251, representing a decrease of 66 hours, or 5% from the same period in 2015. Wind curtailment was 39.5 TWh for an average curtailment rate of 19%. (NEA CN)
     

     

    (Source: Azure)
     
    In line with Azure'sprevious coverage of renewable curtailment in China, wind curtailment covered in this period is heaviest in Xinjiang (41%), Gansu (46%), IMAR (23%) and Jilin (34%). These provinces have historically been suffering from the highest curtailment rates in China, as local power consumption is relatively low while installed wind capacity is high. Xinjiang and Gansu have taken numerous measures to alleviate this issue, with Xinjianginvesting 180 million RMB in wind-to-heat projects, while Gansu recently completed a ±800kV UHV DC transmission line that should help send renewable power reach demand centers in Hunan province 
     

  • 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 April 01, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Guangdong DRC releases 2019 project construction plan
    • EDF enters China offshore wind market
    • More than 1,400MW of solar projects documented in Anhui but not included in national development plan
    • Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result released
    • SPIC and Siemens sign Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement

     

     

    Guangdong DRC releases 2019 construction project plan

    In 2019, Guangdong Province will arrange 1,170 key projects, with a total investment of 5.93 trillion CNY to be divided annually at 650 billion CNY. There will be 628 preparatory projects for preliminary construction, with an estimated total investment of 3.18 trillion CNY. The plan includes more than 9,000MW of offshore wind projects. (Guangdong DRC)

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    EDF enters China offshore wind market

    EDF has signed a cooperation agreement with China Energy Investment Group to participate in the investment of Dongtai IV and V offshore wind power projects in Jiangsu Province. Dongtai IV has already begun construction, and Dongtai V will begin in 2019. Once the contract is in effect, the two parties will jointly build and operate the two projects. The projects will have an installed capacity of 500MW and will be put into operation batch by batch by 2021. (EDF CHINA)

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    This project, which is the first foreign investment in a Chinese offshore wind farm, may be marking the beginning of a new trend, as China is opening up to foreign investment in a number of sectors. Azure is thankful to EDF for giving us the opportunity to support the due diligence on this ground breaking project.

     

     

    More than 1,400MW of solar projects documented in Anhui but not included in national development plan

    Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Anhui DRC released a list of more than 1,400MW of solar projects that were documented in the local province but not included in the national development plan:

    1. Projects that have been filed but were not included in the national development plan and have not been constructed: 1,231MW (906MW of which have been filed for over two years)
    2. Projects that are under construction: 224MW

    (Anhui DRC)

     

     

    Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result released

    The Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result has been released, with Goldwind taking the winning bid. (Huaneng)

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    SPIC and Siemens sign Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement

    State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and Siemens have signed a Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement allowing the two sides to take advantage of their respective industries and resources, and cooperate in the fields of heavy-duty gas turbines, digitalization of power plants, hydrogen energy utilization, distributed energy, smart micro-grid, industrial upgrade and international gas turbine projects, in addition to frequent exchanges between senior management personnel. (SPIC)

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  • Week of April 08, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NDRC determines on-grid price for third generation nuclear power technology
    • NDRC approves transmission price of Guangdong project in Northwestern Yunnan
    • SPIC releases final 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results
    • CGN completes trial of 1,200-ton self-elevating offshore wind turbine installation platform
    • Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan power grid absorbs 33.3TWh of local clean energy in 2018

     

     

    NDRC determines on-grid price for third generation nuclear power technology

    In 2013, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Zhejiang DRC, Shangdong DRC and Guangdong DRC issued a notice that supports the introduction of technology to the first batch of nuclear power units in the provinces. Last week, in conjunction with the provinces’ support for the first three generations (AP1000) of nuclear power projects, the following trial prices of on-grid tariffs have been determined:

    1. Guangdong Taishan Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4350 CNY/kWh
    2. Zhejiang Sanmen Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4203 CNY/kWh
    3. Shandong Haiyang Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4151 CNY/kWh
      (NDRC)

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    Note:The FITswill be put into effect from the projects’ start date until the end of 2021.

     

     

    NDRC approves transmission price of Guangdong project in Northwestern Yunnan

    The transmission price of the DC project in Northwestern Yunnan has been approved at 0.092 CNY/kWh (including tax without line loss); the transmission price of the supporting AC project in Yunnan Province is 0.015 CNY/kWh. The transmission price is determined by income generated from CAPEX, which ultimately depends on the span of distance of the project. (NDRC)

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    The starting point of the project is located in Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province. The line runs through Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces, with its endpoint located in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. With a total length of 1,928 kilometers, it is the longest transmission project of the Southern Power Grid. The project relies on a ±800 kV DC transmission technology with a transmission capacity of 5GW.

     

     

    SPIC releases final 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results

    Following the close of the recent bidding (refer to Azure’s earlier publication for more details on thebidding process) for SPIC’s 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project, the final results have been released last week: the project site will be located in Siziwangqi, Wulanchabu City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), it will require a total investment of 42.544 billion CNY, occupy a planned area of 3,800 square kilometers and reach a construction scale of 6GW. (BJX)

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    CGN completes trial of 1,200-ton self-elevating offshore wind turbine installation platform

    This platform is currently the most advanced of wind power installation platforms in China, classified by the China Classification Society (CCS) as a 7MW and below offshore wind turbine installation. It has a total length of 94.5 meters, width of 43.3 meters and depth of 7.6 meters, a design draft of 4.7 meters, leg length of 91.5 meters and maximum working depth of 60 meters. (BJX)

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    Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan power grid absorbs 33.3TWh of local clean energy in 2018

    In 2018, total electricity consumption in the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan region totaled 372.9TWh, a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 6.33%. Of that total consumption, on-grid electricity produced by local clean energy constituted 33.3TWh, a YOY increase of 13.8%. (BJ-PX)

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  • Week of April 15, 2019

    News Summary:

    • CWEA releases 2018 China wind power installed capacity report
    • NEA releases subsidy-free wind and PV projects development plan
    • China’s largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation completes lifting
    • Shanghai DRC releases FITs for third batch of 2018 projects
    • Xiong'an’s first UHV line project to be completed by end of April

     

     

    CWEA releases 2018 China wind power installed capacity report

    In 2018, China’s total installed capacity reached 209.53GW, of which 21.14GW were newly installed wind power, a 7.5% year-on-year (YOY) increase. Of more than 4GW of offshore wind total installed capacity, 1,655MW were newly installed, a 42.7% YOY increase. On the wind turbine manufacturer side, Goldwind’s newly installed capacity reached 6,707MW, constituting 31.7% of the total installed capacity. Followingpositions are held byEnvision, Mingyang, United Power and Shanghai Electric, the five making up 75% of the sector’s newly installed capacity. (CWEA)

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    NEA releases subsidy-free wind and PV projects development plan

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a development plan for subsidy-free wind and PV projects. The plan highlights:

    1. Prioritizing development of subsidy-free projects
    2. Prioritizing consumption of power generated by subsidy-free projects
    3. Encouraging approval of inactive projects converted to subsidy-free projects

    (NEA)

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    China’s largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation completes lifting

    Contracted to deliver jacket foundations for the Yangjiang Nanpeng Island Offshore Wind Farm Project developed by China General Nuclear (CGN), CCCC Third Harbor Engineering has completed the lifting of the project’s first set of wind turbine jacket foundations last week. With a total weight of over 900 tons, it is the largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation in China so far. (BJX)

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    Shanghai DRC releases FITs for third batch of 2018 projects

    49 PV projects (including two full-scale PV power plants and 47 distributed PV projects, with a total of ~28MW) and 1,250 household PV projects ( with a total of ~9.5 MW) are eligible to receive feed-in tariffs (FITs) from the city’s Renewable Energy and New Energy Development Project Funds for five years. The FIT for PV projects has been raised from 0.25CNY/kWh to 0.55CNY/kWh, while the FIT for household PVs is 0.4CNY/kWh. (Shanghai DRC)

     

     

    Xiong'an’s first UHV line project to be completed by end of April

    The Beijing West-Shijiazhuang 1000kV UHV transmission line is the fourth UHV line in the southern power grid of Hebei Province and the first UHV line to serve Xiong'an. With a total length of 2 × 224km, this project will be of great significance to improving the security and stability of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the northern China power grids, meeting the needs of Xiong'an New District's load growth and alleviating the power shortage in southern Hebei. (Xiong’an GOV)

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  • Week of April 22, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating
    • NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects
    • Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.25 million ton annual capacity
    • Hebei promotes application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019
    • CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

     

     

    NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating

    Following the winter clean heating plan for China’s northern regions (2017-2021) (NDRC), the National Energy Administration (NEA) requires that northern cities complete wind power heating development planning before June 2019. Meanwhile, it will implement corresponding investment subsidy policies for wind power clean heating projects. (NEA)

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    This solution is being implemented gradually with several objectives: 1. provide an alternative revenue steam for wind farms suffering from heavy curtailment and 2. electrify heat supply in order to reduce the need for CHP plants which are among the key contributors to pollution in urban areas.

     

     

    NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects

    The second batch of photovoltaic (PV) poverty alleviation projects of the “13th Five-Year Plan” will be carried out in 15 provinces (districts) and include 165 county PV poverty alleviation projects that comprise of 3,961 village-level PV power stations with a total installed capacity of 1.67GW. The target is to assist 301,773 households in poverty-stricken villages, and all projects should be operating before the end of 2019. (NEA)

    Second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects distribution

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    Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.62 million ton annual capacity

    Regarding the decision-making and deployment of structural reforms on the power supply side, the Energy Administration of Shandong Province is working towards resolving and preventing overcapacity of coal-fired power generation by shutting down four coalmines that have constituted a capacity of 1.62 million tons in 2019. (SDNYJ)

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    To put this in perspective, 1.62 million tons of coal allows to produce about 5,500 GWh of thermal power in a year. Closing down these mines thus creates space for roughly 2,800MW of new wind farms on the Shandong grid, where wind produces at an average of 1,971 utilization hours.

     

     

    Hebei promotes the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019

    The lead department for the Development and Promotion of New Energy Vehicles in Hebei Province has proposed to promote the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019 and increase the proportion of new energy vehicles used in the public service sector, such as logistics vehicles, school coaches, postal service vehicles, street cleaning vehicles, etc. The department will also support the pilot results of the promotion and application of new energy vehicles in Baoding City and promote the full roll out of new energy vehicles in the main vicinity of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (in the Zhangjiakou City administrative zone). (Hebei GOV)

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    (Source:Diandong)

     

     

    CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

    China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and Huaneng Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement stating that the two sides will carry out specific cooperation in the fields of nuclear power, information technology development, nuclear fuel, finance and nuclear technology. (CGN)

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  • Week of April 29, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA releases 2022 thermal power plan and construction risk warning
    • Mingyang wins bid for 1,400MW of offshore wind projects
    • Data shows wind power generation reached 104TWh, increased 6.1% between January and March
    • HEAG signs an 800MW wind resource development agreement with the Panshi Government
    • Beijing establishes “Belt and Road” energy partnership with 30 countries

     

    NEA releases 2022 thermal power plan and construction risk warning

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released the2022 thermal power plan and construction risk warningto support decision-making and deployment of structural reformsin the thermal energy sector. (NEA)

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    The thermal installation margin is a binding indicator that reflects the redundancy of local thermal power installation and power supply. The early warning financial indicator for thermal power construction is a recommended indicator, which reflects the economics of self-use thermal power projects in the province and provides decision-making reference for the planning and construction of thermal power projects.

     

     

    Mingyang wins bid for 1,400MW of offshore wind projects

    Mingyang has won the bid for the procurement of wind turbines for CGN’s Shanwei Offshore Wind Power Project, for a total capacity of 1,400MW, and a total bidding price of 8,602.49 million CNY, which indicatesa WTG price of 6,144 CNY/kW. (CGN)

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    As Goldwind’s bids in the Shanwei Houhu project and Jiazi I & II projects areonly0.55% and 1.25%, respectively, higher than those of Mingyang’s, it can be seen that current bidding for offshore wind turbines is becoming more and morecompetitive. These prices for ~6MW range turbines are also significantly lower than 1 year ago, when the same turbines were bidding in the 8k range.

     

     

    Q1 wind power generationreaches 104TWh, increasing 6.1%YoY

    By the end of March 2018, China’s total installed capacity reached 1,810GW, which included 310GW from Hydro, 1,010GW from Thermal, 85GW from Gas, 46GW from Nuclear, 190GW from Wind and 130GW from Solar. Between January and March, total power generation reached 1,674.7TWh, a 4.2% increase, and included 104TWh of Wind power generation, a 6.1% increase. (CEC)

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    HEAG (Huayi) signs an 800MW wind resource development agreement with the Panshi Government

    According to the agreement signed by Huayi Wind Energy (HEAG) and the Panshi (Jilin Province) Government on April 24, the former is declared the only resource developer in the development area, which includes Jichang Town, Sanpeng Town, Mingcheng Town, Yantaishan Town, Shizui Town, Baoshan Township, Niuxin Town and Futai Town of Panshi City. Furthermore, Panshi’s Hongqiling Town has invested in the development of wind resources with a total scale of 800MW. (HEAG)

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    According to the “wind power investment risk warning” released by the NEA, the risk warning for Jilin wind changed from red to green, meaning that curtailment issues in Jilin area been significantly reduced and Jilin has been given the green light to continue developing wind power construction.

     

     

    Beijing establishes “Belt and Road” energy partnership with 30 countries

    On April 25, energy ministers, ambassadors to China and high-level representatives of energy authorities from 35 countries attended the “Belt and Road” energy partnership ceremony in Beijing. The partnership will promote intergovernmental policy exchanges and cooperative intent communication, build a bilateral and multilateral project cooperation and technology exchange platform, and promote pragmatic cooperation in the energy field between the 30 member countries. (NEA)

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  • Week of August 05, 2019

    News Summary:

    • National wind curtailment decreases 4% YoY in first half of 2019
    • Is the Spring finally here for foreign power battery makers?
    • Coal Mine Gas and Shale Gas seize China’s REDF Subsidy
    • Chongqing DRC introduces policy to up competitiveness of wind power industry
    • Sichuan launches pilot city for hydropower generation direct trading

     

     

    National wind curtailment decreases 4% YoY in first half of 2019

    From January to June 2019, national wind power generation capacity was 214.5TWh, an increase of 11.5% year-on-year (YoY). In the report released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), it was also revealed thatduring the six months the national average wind curtailment ratedropped to 4.7%, a 4% YoY decrease. (NEA)

    1H2019 National wind curtailment distribution

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    Is the Spring finally here for foreign power battery makers?

    The well-known Automotive Power Battery Industry Standard Conditions, also referred to as the “white list” of EV power battery, has been officially abolished by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently. The “white list” was introduced by the Chinese government in 2015 to help foster domestic battery makers by barring foreign brands from getting on the list. Under this document, EV manufacturers are only able to obtain state EV subsidies if they employ the power batteries of companies on the “white list.” As evidence, 57 Chinese battery manufacturers such as BYD, CATL and OptimumNano, among others, were enlisted, while not a single foreign brand made it onto the list. With such policy support, the total installed capacity of new EV power batteries in China amounted to 56.89GWh in 2018, a 56% YoY increase and a volume 2.4 times that of Japan and 3.6 times that of South Korea.

    Among these domestic manufacturers, CATL and BYD occupied 61% of the power battery market share.

    This might change soon, however. Samsung SDI, LG Chem and SKI, all which have been out of the Chinese market, have returned—and they don’t seem to waste any time. SKI has just signed a supply contract with Tianqi Lithium to acquire battery materials company Lingbao Huaxin, LG Chem has set up a JV with Huayou Cobalt, and Samsung SDI is restarting the Xi'an battery project. Even Panasonic jumped at the opportunity to significantly expand its power battery production capacity in Suzhou and Dalian. (Baidu,MIIT)

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    Coal Mine Gas and Shale Gas seize China’s REDF Subsidy

    It has been known that the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF) supports the exploitation and utilization of unconventional natural gas such as coal mine gas, shale gas and dense gas, but reaffirmed lately by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in its announcement of the latest supplementary notice of the Interim Measures to Manage the Special Fund for Renewable Energy Development.

    Beginning in 2019, subsidies will be paid according to the principle, "more production, more subsidies." Those who exceed the amount of production from the previous year will be rewarded an amount corresponding to the degree of excess, while subsidies will be deducted if mining fails to reach the previous year's yield. Meanwhile, the incremental part produced during heating season is incentivized by a higher subsidy.

    As determined in the Interim Measures for the Management of Renewable Energy Development Fund Collection and Use,the REDF includes special funds arranged by the public budget of the MoF (hereinafter referred to as the Special Fund for Renewable Energy Development) and additional income from renewable energy tariffs levied on power users. Subsidies for the abovementioned exploitation of unconventional gas come from the Special Fund for Renewable Energy Development. (MoF)

     

     

    Chongqing DRC introduces policy to up competitiveness of wind power industry

    The Chongqing Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has rolled out a new policy aimed at honing in on scientific research to help develop the city's wind energy resources, further optimize resource allocation, maintain orderly market development, advance wind power technology and cost reduction, and promote overall high-quality development of the local wind power industry. (Chongqing DRC)

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    Sichuan launches pilot city for hydropower generation direct trading

    By establishing and improving a new method of hydropower consumption in demonstration areas, the Sichuan Government is now focusing on “reducing electricity prices and encouraging multi-use” to form a win-win scenario in which they can have both maximum consumption of hydropower and sustainable development of key industries. The local government is also actively working on creating economic advantages from resource advantages found in the province. (Sichuan GOV)

    Sichuan hydro direct trade pilot city

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  • Week of August 12, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Zhangjiakou plans to establish a renewable energy power trading center
    • NDRC reveals power spot market construction plan
    • Shandong accelerates construction of new energy projects
    • Renewables generate 26% of electricity consumed in 1H2019 China
    • New subsidy bidding mechanism brings average PV subsidy to 0.0645 CNY/kWh

     

     

    Zhangjiakou plans to establish a renewable energy power trading center

    The Zhangjiakou Capital Water Conservation Functional Zone and Ecological Environment Supporting Zone Construction Plan for 2019-2035 has been introduced by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The notice specifies that Zhangjiakou will build a strong smart grid with high-quality on-site matching of renewable energy supply and demand.  The document also reveals the province’s plans to establish of a renewable energy power trading center in Zhangjiakou to carry out market-based trading of renewable energy consumption in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. (NDRC)

    Jing-jin-ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) coordinated development plan

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    NDRC reveals power spot market construction plan

    The NDRC has revealed its plans for a spot market that will mainly carry out daily, intraday and real-time electricity energy transactions, which contrasts traditional power trading that carries out medium to long term transactions. According to the plan, the corresponding priority power generation of non-hydro renewable energy should then cover the number of guaranteed utilization hours. (NDRC)

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    Shandong accelerates construction of new energy projects

    The Shandong Government has just rolled out a new measure to “vigorously expand the consumer market and accelerate the shaping of new advantages for the domestic demand-driven economy. In terms of energy, Shandong has pledged to speed up the construction of “Shandong power import” transmission projects, implement solar power generation demonstration projects, offshore wind projects, coastal nuclear power and coastal LNG import hubs, as well as launch the first pilot demonstration project for offshore wind power integration development. (Shandong GOV)

    Changyi City Marine Ranch and 3-Gorges 300MW Offshore Wind Power Integration Test Demonstration Project

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    Data on 1H2019 show 26% of electricity consumed in China is generated by renewable energy

    In the six months, China consumed 3400TWh of electricity, up 5% from the same time last year. The total electricity consumption in the east, central, west and northeast regions account for 47.0%, 19.1%, 27.9% and 6.0% of the nation-wide total electricity consumption, respectively. Electricity consumption in Qinghai, Gansu and Shanghai provinces decreased by 2.8%, 0.7% and 0.1%, while electricity consumption in the other 28 provinces grew at a rate that exceeded the national average.

    In the first half of 2019, renewable energy has generated 888TWh of electricity, which means a growth of 14% year-on-year (YoY). Within this, 514TWh of electricity was generated by hydropower for an 11.8% YoY increase, 215TWh was generated by wind power for an 11.5% YoY increase, 107TWh was generated by photovoltaic (PV) power for a 30% YoY increase and 53TWh was generated by biomass power for a 21.3% YoY increase

    Newly installed capacity for the first six months totaled 41GW, of which 1.8GW is hydropower, 9.1GW is wind power, 11.4GW is PV power and 1.3GW is nuclear power. Therefore, non-fossil energy generation has a significant share of 58.4% of newly installed capacity.

    Moreover, progress in electrification has been further advanced. In recent years, the share of electricity in China's energy consumption has been steadily increasing. In the first half of the year, 98TWh of electric power had substituted fossil fuels, accounting for 2.9% of total electricity consumption of the whole society. By the end of June, a total of 1 million charging piles had been built across the country. In addition, according to data released by the China Charging Alliance, as of June 2019 China's EV to charging station ratio reached 3.5:1. Meanwhile, China has 2.81 million all-electric cars, which is 82% of the total number of new energy vehicles.

     (NEA,CEC,EVCIPA)

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    Source: Azure International, NEA, CEC, EVCIPA

     

     

    New subsidy bidding mechanism brings average PV subsidy to 0.0645 CNY/kWh

    As of the end of July 2019, the average subsidy for PV projects participating in the subsidy auction was 0.0645 CNY/kWh, which is down more than 50% compared to the guiding price. Since the new release of the Notice on the Active Promotion of Grid-Parity of Wind Power & PV Power Generation in May, a total of 23 provinces (except Jilin, Heilongjiang, Fujian, Hainan, Yunnan, Gansu, Xinjiang, Tibet and Xinjiang) organized 4,338 projects for the bidding of state subsidies for 24.56GW of PV power generation. According to Mr. Li Chuangjun, Chief of the New Energy Division of the National Energy Administration (NEA), a new mechanism has been established to both save subsidy funds and guarantee stable development of the industry. Comparing the demand for subsidies under the new bidding mechanism and that under the current guiding FIT, the demand can be reduced by 2.16 billion CNY per year, which can save the state 43 billion CNY based on a 20-year subsidy period, said Mr.Li at an NEA press conference at the end of July. (NEA)

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  • Week of August 20, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Zhejiang DRC releases methods for competitive bidding of offshore wind projects
    • Liaoning strives to reach PV installed capacity of 5GW in 2021
    • Heilongjiang promotes nuclear, wind, hydrogen and smart grid development
    • South Hebei power grid power trading to include all commercial users
    • Mingyang’s offshore wind turbine orders exceed 4GW

     

     

    Zhejiang DRC releases methods for competitive bidding of offshore wind projects

    According to the notice, all projects that will undergo competition must be listed in the Zhejiang Offshore Wind Farm Project Planning Report, which has yet to be released. Projects subject to competition include two types:

    1. Projects with undetermined developer: project developer, on-grid price and construction sequence will be determined by competition
    2. Projects with determined developer but not approved before the end of 2018:

    For both types of projetson grid price accounts for a score of40 pointsout of a total of100. (Zhejiang DRC)

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     Liaoning strives to reach PV installed capacity of 5GW in 2021

    In the Liaoning PV Construction Plan Notice (2019-2021) released by the provincial DRC, it has been revealed that the 2021 target for PV installed capacity is 5.1GW. This reflects the province’s desire to take advantage of the lack of any serious PV curtailment problem in the region and therefore fully exploit PV capacity. The notice also emphasizes promoting investment in PV poverty alleviation projects in Northwest Liaoning. (PVNEWS)

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    Heilongjiang promotes nuclear, wind, hydrogen and smart grid development

    The Heilongjiang Government has released the Strong Industrial Provinces Construction Plan (2019-2025). In regards to energy, the plan aims to strengthen the construction efforts of new energy service platforms, as well as encourage the development of production support services such as R&D and design, inspection and testing, and management consulting within the new energy industry. Specifically, emphasis was placed on promoting the R&D and application of nuclear energy, wind power, hydrogen energy and smart grids. (Heilongjiang GOV)

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    South Hebei power grid power trading to include all commercial users

    The power trade on the South Hebei power grid is now fully open to commercial users. Prior to the opening of the power trade, only users with voltage levels above 10kV and annual power consumption above 10MWh were able to participate in direct trading, while those below 10MWh were required to entrust a trading company to act as their agent. Now, commercial users—which are power users in industries other than residential, agriculture, utilities and public welfare services—are no longer subject to such voltage level, power usage and general industry restrictions. (Hebei DRC)

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    Mingyang’s offshore wind turbine orders exceed 4GW

    Mingyang has released its semi-annual performance forecast, declaring a half-year net profit of 290-350 million CNY, an increase of 99.19-140.4% year-on-year. The company also reported that its offshore wind turbine orders reached 4.18GW, and that its contract amount was about 26.949 billion CNY. Its offshore wind power orders were mostly concentrated in Guangdong and Fujian Provinces. It was also revealed that Mingyang has deployed three sea blade production bases in Guangdong and that by 2020, the production capacity of the MySE5.5MW series and above will reach 3.5GW. (Sina)

    MySE6.0MW product line basic parameter

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  • 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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