• 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 October 20, 2016

    News Summary:

    • Zhejiang DRC and NEA publish Electric Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan
    • Huadian Heavy Industry wins 1.8 billion RMB offshore wind project in Jiangsu
    • Spot Market Trials rumored to be implemented by the end of 2018
    • Jiuquan City, Gansu DRC approves wind curtailment energy storage demonstration project

     
     
     
    Policy: Electric Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan published by Zhejiang DRC and NEA
    The Zhejiang NEA and DRC released its Electric Development Plan as part of the provincial 13th Five Year Plan. The province plans to install new capacity of 15.2 GW including 13.3 GW of non-fossil energy by 2020, bringing the total installed capacity of the province to 94 GW. Further targets include:

    • 43.35 GW thermal
    • 13.1 GW renewable energy (excluding hydro)
    • 12.5 GW natural gas 
    • 9.07 GW nuclear
    • 7.04 GW hydro
    • 4.93 GW pumped hydro
    • 1 GW waste heat power generation (DRC CN

    The decreasing installations of new thermal capacity forecasted in Zhejiang's 13th Five Year Plan promotes an increased share of renewables in the province, as the percentage of installed renewable capacity is expected to rise from 40% in 2015 to nearly 50% in 2020.
     

     

    Source: NEA, Azure International
     

  • China Cleantech Update October 27, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NDRC Issues On-grid Tariff Adjustments for Wind and Solar
    • Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan Regional Direct Power Trading Center Opens
    • NEA Halts Construction and Approval Process for Coal Power Projects in 28 Provinces

     
     
     
    Policy: New On-Grid Tariff Adjustments for Distributed and Utility Scale Solar, Onshore and Offshore Wind
    The NDRC recently issued new on-grid tariffs for wind and solar power. Onshore wind tariffs were reduced by 5% to 13%, while solar utility tariffs were reduced by 24% to 31%. The new feed-in tariffs now include differentiation between intertidal and offshore wind. Intertidal tariffs are set at 0.7 RMB/KWh and offshore are set at 0.8 RMB/KWh. (BJX CN)
     
    (Table of New On-Grid Tariffs for Renewables)

     

    (Unit RMB/KWh) (Source: Azure) 
     
    While a reduction in the feed-in tariff for renewables was expected, the nearly one-third cut for utility-scale solar projects means this reduction will likely lead to further consolidation in the local PV markets. Azure consulting may be able to help navigate the pricing policy landscape in China.
     

  • China Cleantech Update September 06, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NDRC, NEA jointly approve Beijing JingJinLi market development plan
    • Chongqing inaugurates direct trading center 
    • NDRC publishes grid pricing policy for concentrated solar power 
    • July electricity consumption and power generation data published




    Policy: NDRC, NEA jointly approve Beijing JingJinLi market development plan
    The NDRC and NEA approved an electricity reformation plan for the Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei regions, commonly referred to as JingJinJi. Beijing plans to reduce its reliance on thermal generation sources by a to-be-determined level. One solid data point is to achieve 10% of consumption provided by renewable energy by 2020, excluding hydropower. (BJX CN)


    JingJinJi Market Development Power Transmission Plan

      

    Source: CPNN

  • 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:

     AzureChinaCleantechNews01Sep2018 01

    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

  • China Cleantech Update September 14, 2016

    News Summary:

    • State Grid Purchases Minority Stake in Third Largest Brazilian Energy Generation and Distribution Company
    • Shanghai Electric Power Announces Plans to Buy Controlling Stake in Pakistani Utility
    • China Three Gorges Corporation & State Grid Bidding on Brazilian Hydropower Company
    • Hebei Delegates Offshore Wind Approval Authority to Municipalities
    • NDRC & NEA Approve Pilot Projects for 16 Regions
    • Hunan Government Reduced Hydropower Sales Price

     
     
     
    M&A: State Grid Purchases Minority Stake in Third Largest Brazilian Energy Generation and Distribution Company
    State Grid Corporation of China finalized a 23.6% purchase stake, worth $1.8 billion USD, in the Brazilian energy generation and distribution company CPFL Energia. State Grid worked with the holding company Camargo Corrêa S.A. to close the deal. (BJX CN)
     
    Chinese companies are expanding their control of international companies to increase revenue streams. The 23.6% minority ownership stake gives State Grid an inroad strategy to Brazil, South America's largest economy and a top transmission and distribution grid market. CPFL Energia owns 13% of the total distribution market share and manage over 1.6 GW of generating capacity. 
     
     
     
    M&A: Shanghai Electric Power Announces Plans to Buy Controlling Stake in Pakistani Utility 
    Shanghai Electric plans to purchase a 66% stake in Pakistani, K-Electric, a vertically integrated utility of 11,000 employees based out of Karachi. The investment totals $1.6 billion USD and is Shanghai Electric's largest ever investment. (In-En CN)
     
     
     
    M&A: China Three Gorges Corporation & State Grid Bidding on Brazilian Hydropower Company
    China Three Gorges Corporation and State Grid Corporation are joint bidding on Santo Antônio Energia, the owner and operator of the $7 billion USD, 3.1 GW Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Plant in Western Brazil. The deal may go as high as $3.1 billion USD for a to-be-determined stake. (Deal Street Asia EN)
     
    The weakening Brazilian economy is opening up foreign direct investment opportunities for investors, and China is leading the pack with $4 billion USD year to date. The downturn also is scaring away existing investors, such as Duke Energy, which is selling its Latin America energy assets and has invited China Three Gorges, State Grid, andBrookfield Asset Management to purchase its assets.
     
     
     
    Wind: Hebei Delegates Offshore Wind Approval Authority to Municipalities
    The government of Hebei announced shifting regulatory approval authority from province- to municipality-level for offshore wind farm project reviews and approvals. The authority includes approving offshore wind generators, undersea transmission cables, and mechanical support structures for wind turbines. Presumably, the offshore wind permitting process will be faster now. (BJX CN)
     
    Presumably, a change from centralized to local control of offshore wind approval should make things more efficient, however, data and analysis from the2013 Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Report point to a slowdown. Offshore wind projects as of 2013 took around two years to approve. Local governments are less well-equipped to assess wind projects, compared to provincial-level approval processes. 
     

  • China Cleantech Update September 23, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes concentrated solar project list 
    • NEA publishes August consumption data
    • UK nuclear power construction project back online
    • Chinese and Vietnamese companies sign MOU for wind power project

     
     
     
    Solar: Concentrated solar power pilot project list published by NEA
    The NEA published its CSP pilot project list. On-grid prices start at 1.15 RMB per kWh and is in effect for 2016 only. So far, there are 20 pilot projects with a cumulative installed capacity of 1.35 GW. The projects are found in Qinghai, Gansu, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang. The projects include:

    • 658 MW tower-based
    • 464 MW enclosed trough 
    • 200 MW fresnel lens reflectors (NEA CN

    Tower-based concentrated solar is the top CSP project to date, mostly because it has a higher startup and construction cost. We expect the other methods to be better suited to smaller scale installations.
     
     
    Total Installed Capacity of CSP Plants (1.4GW)

    Source: NEA
     
     

  • Week of December 17, 2018

    News Summary:

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

     

    CGN 1,200t jackup vessel launched in Guangdong

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Week of December 24, 2018

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves Zhugensha H2# 300MW offshore wind project

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

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

     

     

    Baolihua & CGN establish company toco-develop offshore wind project

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

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    China publishes first bidding mechanism results for onshore wind project

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

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

     

     

    SPIC’sCNY22 billionproject starts construction in Jieyang City

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

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    China’s biggest offshore WTG shipped to project site

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

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

  • Week of February 04, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    NEA publishes 2018 grid-connected wind power report

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

    Map of wind curtailment conditions

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

     

     

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

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

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    NDRC calls for greater promotion and prioritization of renewable energy

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

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    Local GOV can now independently organize unsubsidized PV generation projects

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

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

     

     

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

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

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  • Week of February 18, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    NDRC encourages more foreign investment

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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  • Week of February 25, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA releases 2018 solar power market evaluation results
    • Henan Province stock wind projects reach over 4GW
    • NEA pushes for more auxiliary services in China power market
    • NEA approves two 1,200MW hydro pump station sites in Guizhou
    • China’s total nuclear power generation reaches 286.5TWh in 2018

     

     

    NEA releases 2018 solar power market evaluation results

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released the results of the monitoring and evaluation of market conditions for photovoltaic (PV) power generation in 2018. The results serve as an important basis for promoting continual optimization of PV construction and operation, guiding rational investment and promoting orderly development of the overall PV industry. (NEA)

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    Henan Province stock wind projects reach over 4GW

    Following NEA requirements, the Henan Development and Reform Commission (HenanDRC) has released a list of"stock" wind power projects, which are projects that have not been implemented within the approved period. Among them, 44projects with a total of 2.3GW are centralized windfarms and 105projects with a total of 1.85GW are distributed windfarms. (Henan DRC)

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    NEA pushes for more auxiliary services in China power market

    Before the Spring Festival, the NEA held a press conference in Beijing where it expressed determination to improve auxiliary service compensation mechanisms in China’s power market. Promoting auxiliary services in the power market is seen as an important tool for the NEA’s efforts at deepening reform in the power system.The NEA and various agencies have collaborated on research on power market auxiliary services in 14 Chinese regions, establishing and continuously improving auxiliary service compensation mechanisms in the country. (NEA)

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    NEA approves two 1,200MW hydro pump station sites in Guizhou

    The NEA has approved Guiyang (Xiuwenshichang Dam, 1,200MW) and Weinan (Guidinghuangsi, 1,200MW) as the recommended sites for the pumped storage stations to be built on the Guizhou Power Grid by 2025. It is stressed that successful planning and construction of the stations will require standardization of preliminary work for the project and consideration of the safety of operation of the power grid. (NEA)

     

     

    China’s total nuclear power generation reaches 286.5TWh in 2018

    In 2018,China’s total nuclear power generation reached 286.5TWh, or 4.22% of the country’s total power generation, representing88 million of ton coal equivalent,  and 231 million tons of CO2 emission reduction  (CNEA)

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  • Week of January 02, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    China offshore 2018

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves nine distributed wind projects totaling 230MW

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

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    Jiangsu wind projects to be attributed via competitive bidding in 2019

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

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    Shaanxi DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for onshore wind farms

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

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

  • Week of January 07, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

     

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

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

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    Fujian DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms

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

    Scope of application:

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

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

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

    Fujian Xinghuabay offshore wind project

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

     

     

    Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm II begins construction

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

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

     

     

    Xinjiang 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project approved

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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  • Week of January 14, 2019

    News Summary: 

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

     

     

    CGN Baolihua Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Project begins construction

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

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

     

     

    World’s first ±1100kV UHVDC linetostart operation soon

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

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

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

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    Five State Grid pumped hydro energy storage stations start construction concurrently

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

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

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

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  • Week of January 21, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

    CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration

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

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

     

     

    PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030

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

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

     

     

    Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

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

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

  • Week of January 28, 2019

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    2018 newly installed gridconnectedwind powerexceeds 20GW

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

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    Tianjin DRC publishes distributed wind plan (2018-2025)

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

    Tianjin 100m height wind speed distribution map

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    7 billion CNY Pumped hydro station begins construction in Zhejiang

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

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    China’s farthest offshore wind turbine successfully installed

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

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    Renewable energyexport from Qinghai during 2018exceeds 10TWh

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

  • Week of March 04, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Shandong “12thFive-Year Plan” wind projects status
    • Hebei abolishes 12 wind projects totaling 631MW
    • SPIC and CGDC sign strategic cooperation agreement
    • State Grid publishes 2018 Social Responsibility Report
    • NDRC approves four coal-mining projects

     

     

    Shandong “12thFive-Year Plan” wind projects status

    Following National Energy Administration (NEA) requirements, the Shandong Energy Bureau reviewed the status of wind power projects since the “12th Five-Year Plan” in various cities:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built withinthe project construction period: 1,7783MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,3349MW
    3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 260MW
    4. Projects that have been approved but have not yet started construction, wherein the project owner promises to continue construction: 6,280MW
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      Shandong energy bureau)

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    Hebei abolishes 12 wind projects totaling 631MW

    Hebei has published the status of wind power projects in the province since the “12thFive-Year Plan” as follows:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have failed to begin construction within the allotted two-year period and did not apply for extension: 286MW
    2. Projects that have been included in the “12thFive-Year Construction Plan” but have not been processed or approved: 195MW
    3. Projects that have been included in the “13thFive-Year Construction Plan” but have not been processed or approved: 150MW
    4. Projects that have been approved but have not begun construction: 4,305MW
      (HBDRC)

     

    SPIC and CGDC sign strategic cooperation agreement

    State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) andChina Energy(CHN ENERGY) have signed an agreement to deepen strategic cooperation in key areas such as technological innovation, renewable energy, nuclear energy utilization, traditional energy, overseas projects and regional asset optimization. (SPIC)

    In 2018, SPIC accounted for 48.92% of all clean energy installation, ranking first among the four major power generation groups. In particular, SPIC’s solar installed capacity reached 15.37GW, remaining the global industry leader.

     

     

    State Grid publishes 2018 Social Responsibility Report

    According to the State Grid 2018 Social Responsibility Report, clean energy inter-provincial transaction volume reached 437.3 TWh, up 7% year-on-year (YOY), accounting for 45.2% of inter-provincial power trading. (SGCC)

     

     

    NDRC approves four coal-mining projects

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved four coal-mining projects in a move to ensure a stable supply of energy, optimize the structure of the coal industry and promote the integration of coal, electricity and heat. The total construction scale of these four projects is 26 million t/a. (NDRC)

  • Week of March 11, 2019

    News Summary: 

     

    • Tianjin DRC releases 2019 onshore wind tariff competition results
    • Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019
    • Jiangsu DRC terminates more than 1.5GW of wind projects
    • More than 8GW of wind projects approved but not yet built in IMAR
    • SPIC and CSIC sign strategic cooperation agreement
    • Construction on Nanjing 130MW/268MWh Battery Storage Power Plant begins

     

     

    Tianjin DRC releases 2019 onshore windtariffcompetition results

    14 onshore wind projects participated in the competitive bid representing a total capacity of 905MW. Developers have committed to on-grid tariffs ranging from 0.44 CNY/KWh to 0.55 CNY/KWh. (Tianjin DRC)

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    This is the second announcement of well-awaited competitive price bidding results in China, following Ningxia's results in December 2018 (see Azure News). Based on its relatively low wind resource, Tianjin is classified as a type IV zone, which up until last year meant an onshore wind FIT of 0.57 CNY/KWh. The results of the competition show developers have committed for on-grid tariffs which are 3% to 22% lower compared to the previous FIT level. The lower end now brings us closer to grid parity, as coal power plants in Tianjin sell electricity for 0.36 CNY/kWh. What remains unclear is the consequence of this bidding: results will determine the rank of each project on the Tianjin construction plan but we yet have to find out how many projects can get on the plan in total, and what happens if a project fails to get on the list several years in a row. Given that Tianjin is a "green zone" with no curtailment, the local DRC can decide of the construction plan without approval from central government.

     

    Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019

    The Government Work Report of the second meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress revealed the 2019 goals of reinforcing power marketization reform, refining add-on pricing for electricity and reducing the cost of electricity consumption in manufacturing. It was also revealed that the average electricity price for commercial consumption would be reduced by 10% in 2019. (GOV)

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    According to a State Grid report, the electricity price burdenof the commercial sector was reducedby 79.2 billion CNY last year, a decrease of 12.4%,therefore achieving the target of reducing average industrial and commercial electricity price by 10% in 2018.

     

     

    Jiangsu DRCterminates more than 1.5GW of wind projects

    Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Jiangsu DRC released the list of wind projects that are being terminated totaling 1,564.5MW, of which two are offshore:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 144MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 245.5MW
    3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,175MW
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      Jiangsu DRC)

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    In this document, it was also mentioned that in Jiangsu there are 1,846MW of wind projects that have been approved but have not yet started construction.

    The two aforementioned terminated offshore wind projects are:

    1. Datang Dafeng 100MW - incorporated into the annual construction plan during the "12th Five-Year Plan" period, but failed to be completed as required
    2. Sinohydro Rudong C1# 76MW - incorporated into the annual construction plan during the "13th Five-Year Plan" period, but failed to be completed as required

     

     

    More than 8GW of wind projects approved but not yet built in IMAR

    In Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), more than 8GW of wind projects have been approved but have not yet started construction, while another 1,718.5MW have been terminated by IMAR DRC.

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 1,518.5MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 200MW

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    SPIC and CSIC sign strategic cooperation agreement

    State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement under which the two parties will carry out extensive cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, wind power, solar and hydro energy. (SPIC)

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    Construction on Nanjing 130MW/268MWh Battery Storage Power Plant begins

    The Nanjing Battery Storage Power Plant, which began construction in Jiangbei New District on March 6, will be the largest grid energy storage station in China.(Jiangsu China)

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