• 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.
     
     

  • 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 July 15, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA releases 2019 solar subsidy competition results
    • Zhejiang reduces on-grid price of thermal power
    • Shenergy Shanghai Lingang Offshore Wind Farm Phase I begins operating
    • Yunnan sends hydropower to Hainan for first time in history
    • World's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station begins operating in Huludao, Liaoning

     

     

    NEA releases 2019 solar subsidy competition results

    In a notice released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) it was revealed that a total of 3,921 projects were included in the 2019 nationwide subsidy bidding. This year, the aggregate installed capacity of the projects reaches 22.79GW, which includes 366 centralized solar power plants with installed capacity of 18.12GW, and 3,555 industrial and commercial distributed solar power generation projects with total installed capacity of 4.7GW. (NEA)

    Distribution of solar projects participating in 2019 subsidy competitive bidding

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    Zhejiang reduces on-grid price of thermal power

    After review by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a reduction of the VAT rate to 13% for the power industry has been reported to and approved by the Zhejiang provincial government. Corresponding adjustments to the on-grid tariffs of some power plants in the province are as follows:

    1. The on-grid price for coal-fired units will be reduced by 0.0107CNY/kWh
    2. The on-grid price for the Three Gorges hydro plant will be reduced to 0.2783 CNY/kWh and the on-grid price for the Xiluodu hydro plant will be reduced to 0.3005 CNY/kWh
      (
      ZJDPC)

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    Shenergy Shanghai Lingang Offshore Wind Farm Phase I begins operating

    Earlier this week, Phase I of the Shenergy Shanghai Lingang offshore wind farm had begun operating with a total installed capacity of 112MW, composed of 25 4MW wind turbines and two 6MW test prototypes. The total static investment of this project amounts to 1.72 billion CNY, and it is estimated that the annual on-grid power output will be approximately 267.2GWh. (Epaper)

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    Yunnan sends hydropower to Hainan for first time in history

    In June, for the first time in history, electricity was transmitted through alternating current submarine cables from Yunnan Province to Hainan Province, enabling power transmission from the mainland to the island. Called "Hainan Networking 500kV II,” it is China’s second 500kV ultra-high voltage, long-distance, large-capacity underwater grid project. Spanning from the 500kV Gangcheng Substation in Zhanjiang to the 500kV Fushan Substation in Chengmai, 172GWh of power was transmitted between the two regions.(Ifeng)

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    World's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station begins operating in Huludao, Liaoning

    The world's first bus equipped with a low-pressure alloy hydrogen storage system was unveiled in Huludao, Liaoning last Monday, along with the world's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station, which has been completed and officially put into demonstration in Huludao’s Hsingcheng Economic Development Zone. Experts claim that this technology can meet the needs of today's cars with its capability to charge 15.4kg of hydrogen in 20 minutes with a charging pressure of only 5.0Mpa and a battery life of more than 300km. (btnxm)

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  • Week of July 22, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA issues Typhoon Damage Prevention Guidance forthePower Industry
    • China consumes 3.4 trillion kWh in first half of 2019, an increase of 5.0% YoY
    • Yunnan: Interdiction to build Wind and PV projects in National Wetland Parks
    • Sichuan onshore wind power FIT drops to 0.47 CNY/kWh in 2020
    • China launches first jack-up vessel with 1300t leg encircling crane

     

     

    NEA issuesTyphoon Damage Prevention Guidance forthePower Industry

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) recently issued a "Guidance for the Power Industry to Prevent and Respond to Typhoon Disasters." The NEA requires all power generation companies to strictly implement practices and measures to prepare for typhoons and other natural disasters. Nuclear power plants should prioritize nuclear safety, andplan for an emergency power supply and other operational maintenance to guarantee internal operation in case of an external power cut. Coal-fired power plants need to be prepared with a sufficient reserve of fuels and should work to enhance the plants’ safety. Wind farms should closely monitor and protect wind turbines from high risks, and PV stations shouldensure fixation of equipment and undertake anti-flooding measures.(NEA)

     

     

     

    China consumes 3.4 trillion kWh in first half of 2019, an increase of 5.0% YoY

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has released a report on power generation and consumption for the first half of 2019. National power generation increased by 3.3% year-on-year (YoY), of which thermal power increased by 0.2%, hydropower by 11.8%, nuclear power 23.1%, wind power 6.6% and solar power 11.2%. Over the six-month period, the country's total electricity consumption reached 3.4 trillion kWh, an increase of 5.0% YoY. (NDRC)

     

     

     

    Yunnan: Interdiction to build Wind and PV projects in National Wetland Parks

    The Yunnan Development and Reform Commission (DRC) recently issued the "Announcement on the Implementation Rules (trial) of the Guide to the Unfavorable Industries in the Development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt in Yunnan Province", which states that any construction project or development activity such as real estate, resorts, golf courses, wind power generation and photovoltaic power generation or otherthat does not conform with the main functionof the areais prohibited within National Wetland Parks. (Yunnan DRC)

     

     

     

    Sichuan onshore wind power FIT drops to 0.47 CNY/kWh in 2020

    The Sichuan Provincial DRC has issued the “Notice on the Implementation of the Wind Power Feed-in Tariff Policy (2019)No.295”. The FITs of newly approved centralized onshore wind projects are determined by bidding competition and should not be higher than the guiding price of the resource area where the project is located. Sichuan has adjusted the guiding price for the year 2020 to 0.47 CNY/kWh (including tax). The policy also states that Sichuan Province is a type IV resource area for onshore wind power. Onshore wind power projects that were newly approved in 2019 and that are in line with government planning and admitted to financial subsidy planning can still enjoy a guiding price of 0.52 CNY/kWh (including tax). (Sichuan DRC)

     

     

    China launches first jack-up vessel with 1300t leg encircling crane

    Tiejianfengdian01, a jack-up vessel for offshore wind turbine installation owned by CRCC Harbour and Channel Engineering Bureau Group, was launched in Qidong on July 19. The vessel is 105m long, 42m wide with 8.5m moulded depth and 85m leg length. The maximum water depth for operation is 50m and maximum endurance is 3000 nautical miles. The vessel is equipped with a 1300t leg encircling crane, the largest in China; a frequency conversion control system, a DP2 system that can help resist level16 typhoon (super typhoon); and an IHC S-3000 hydraulic hammer, also the largest of its kind in China. (people.cn)

  • 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
      (
      Shandong energy bureau)

    Shandong overdue projects distribution(MW)

    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 May 20, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NDRC releases new RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard)
    • Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019
    • NDRC encourages clean energy participation in power trading
    • Q1 national power consumption totals 2,232.9TWh, 5.6% YOY increase
    • Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle sign cooperation agreement

     

    NDRC releases new RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard)

    In accordance with regulations in each provincial administrative region, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has released a new Renewable Portfolio Standard to determine the weight of responsibility of renewable energy power consumption, which refers to the proportion of renewable energy power that should be achieved in overall energy production and consumption. This includes both the weight of responsibility of total renewable energy power consumption and of non-hydropower renewable energy power consumption. The NDRC also released the substandard alternatives:

    1. Sale of excess renewable energy power consumption to market participants who have exceeded their annual consumption
    2. Voluntary subscription of the renewable energy green power certificate (NDRC)

     

    2020 RPS Requirements

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    2020 Non-hydro RPS Requirements

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

    The Government Work Report from the second meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress revealed China’s 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. Pricing departments of all provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) should promptly study and propose thorough plans to reduce local general industrial and commercial electricity prices in accordance with the above-mentioned price reduction ideology, issue corresponding documents before the end of May following proper procedure and formally implement the plans on July 1. (NDRC)

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    NDRC encourages clean energy participation in power trading

    The NDRC has released the 2019 cost reduction target for enterprise work, which involves improving the marketization of electricity trading. The NDRC also expressed willingness to deepen power marketization reform, by encouraging sales companies to represent small and medium-sized users in power market transactions and encourage more clean energy companies to participate in transactions. (NDRC)

     

     

    Q1 national power consumption totals 2,232.9TWh, 5.6% YOY increase

    From January to April, national total power consumption reached 2,232.9TWh, an increase of 5.6% year-on-year (YOY). Of the total, the agricultural sector consumed 21.7TWh, an increase of 6.1%; the industrial sector consumed 1,479.2TWh, an increase of 3.2%;the service sector consumed 372.8TWh, an increase of 10.3%; and theresidential sector consumed 359.1, an increase of 10.9%. (NEA)

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    Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle sign cooperation agreement

    On May 15, Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle signed a strategic cooperation agreement that stipulates that the two parties will use their respective brands and resource advantages to cooperate in the areas of travel, charging, energy and finance to promote a comprehensive green solution based on “car + electricity”.After reaching an agreement, the two sides are to set up pilot projects in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shaanxi, Hunan and Jiangxi. (BJX)

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