• China Cleantech Update April 19, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NDRC approves new program to address renewable energy oversupply 
    • NEA increases promotion of  public-private partnership projects in energy industry
    • First quarter 2016 electricity consumption data released
    • Electric vehicle sales up 107% in first quarter of 2016

     
     
    Renewables: NDRC Approves New Program in IMAR, Gansu, Jilin Provinces to Address Renewable Energy Oversupply
    The NDRC announced and approved a new program to address the oversupply and underutilization of renewable energy in IMAR, Gansu, and Jilin provinces. Gansu province, with an annual electricity consumption rate of 110 TWh, has a 60 TWh oversupply of power generation. Inner Mogolia, with 104GW total installed capacity, has 10GW more thermal power generation than needed in the West, and 6GW excess thermal power generation in the East. Lastly, Jilin province, with 70.4TWh annual generation, produces 40 TWh excess capacity annually. 
     
    To address this oversupply, the NDRC is testing a pilot program that expands electricity demand, improve grid connection infrastructure, and also improves distribution grid policies to encourage renewable energy utilization. (NDRC CN)
     
    The excess capacity, poor grid connection, and a number of other factors all lead to high renewable energy curtailment rates in these provinces. Apparently, the NDRC is testing the waters with how an increasingly open power market will impact curtailment rates and other grid inefficiencies.
     

    Source: NDRC, Azure International
     

  • China Cleantech Update March 03, 2017

    News Summary:

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




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

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

     

    Source: Azure International, NEA

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

  • Week of August 26, 2019

    News Summary:

    • 1H2019 China report shows solar curtailment rate of 2.4%, a 1.2% YoY decrease
    • Longyuan declares 0.65CNY/kWh for Shanghai Fengxian 200MW offshore wind project on-grid price
    • Hoisting of 3-Gorges Guangdong Yangjiang 300MW offshore substation is completed
    • Dongfang Electric develops China's first 10MW direct drive permanent magnet offshore wind turbine
    • Huaneng Lancangjiang Hydropower’s 1H2019 net profit reaches 2.8 billion CNY

     

     

    1H2019 China report shows solar curtailment rate of 2.4%, a 1.2% YoY decrease

    In 1H2019, newly installed capacity of solar in China totaled 11.4GW, of which 6.82GW was centralized and 4.58GW was distributed. With this newly installed capacity, the country’s total solar installed capacity reached 186GW, and its power generation, 107TWh. Total curtailment during this period amounted to 2.6TWh, a 0.57TWh year-on-year (YoY) decrease, with curtailment mainly concentrated in Tibet (25.7%), Xinjiang (10.6%), Gansu (6.9%) and Qinghai (6.3%). (NEA)

     

     

    Longyuan declares 0.65CNY/kWh for Shanghai Fengxian 200MW offshore wind project on-grid price

    Longyuan has declared an on-grid electricity price of 0.65CNY/kWh,0.15CNY below the nationally established guiding price, for the Shanghai Fengxian 200MW offshore wind project, China’s first offshore wind project to undergo competitive bidding. The project is located in the northern area of Hangzhou Bay, at a Wind Power Class 3 site with annual average wind speed of about 7.2m/s,hub height of 95m and annual average wind power density of about 349.16W/m2. (Shanghai DRC)

     

    The declared price has a 40% weight in the competition method. According torules set byShanghai DRC, the lowestbidding price can get a score of 40, while otherbidders'prices will bescored relative to the lowest. However, the lowest price is not guaranteed to win the bid for the project; other influences include developer references and WTG capacity (see graph). If the lowest price is 0.65CNY/kWh, and the national guidance price is 0.8CNY/kWh, the project can get a score of 36.5. The remaining 3.5 points can be determined by WTG capacity (>6MW can get 5 points, ≥5MW can get 3 points, <5MW gets 0 points) and company references (references in at least 200MW of offshore wind farm in Shanghai can get 4 points, 100MW-200MW can get 2 points).

     

     

    Hoisting of 3-Gorges Guangdong Yangjiang 300MW offshore substation is completed

    The 3-Gorges Guangdong Yangjiang 300MW offshore booster station, located 28km west of Shaying, Yangxi County, Yangjiang City, has a water depth of 27-32m. Though successful, the construction of the station was reported as challenging due to harsh sea conditions and complex geology.(BJX)

     

     

     

    Dongfang Electric develops China's first 10MW direct drive permanent magnet offshore wind turbine

    The first domestic 10MW direct drive permanent magnet offshore wind turbine has been successfully developed by Dongfang Electric and will be sent to Fujian for installation in the Xinghua Bay Wind Farm. The company’s large-scale turbines are designed to adapt to the characteristics of offshore wind resources both at home and abroad, and use permanent magnet direct drive and full-power conversion technologies to provide active typhoon-resistant performance. (Dongfang Electric)

     

     

     

    Huaneng Lancangjiang Hydropower’s 1H2019 net profit reaches 2.8 billion CNY

    Huaneng Lancangjiang Hydropower has released its half-year report, stating an installed capacity of 23GW and a power generation capacity of 53.9TWh, a 57.13% YoY increase, for the first half of the year. The company’s operating income was 10.6 billion CNY, a growth of 63.66% YoY, and net profit attributable to the parent company was 2.8 billion CNY, which is up 224.77% YoY. The company’s infrastructure investment during the six months totaled 1.25 billion CNY. (stock)

    Huaneng Xiaowan hydro plant 4.2GW