• China Cleantech Update

     News Summary:

    • Yangjiang DRC approves 3-Gorges Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project
    • China releases biomass electricity on-grid price research report
    • Jiangsu sets 2019 power trading target at 300TWh
    • Zhejiang gas on-grid price temporarily increases 0.2 CNY/kWh

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves 3-Gorges Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project

    The Yangjiang Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has approved the Yangjiang Xishapa III offshore wind project, which plans to install 73 units of 5.5MW WTG. This project includes two zones: Zone A1 will hold 55 units of WTG connected to a newly installed offshore substation and Zone A2 will hold 18 units connected to the 3-Gorges Xishapa II offshore substation. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    In the Xishapa area, 3-Gorges has five offshore wind projects in total:

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    China releases biomass electricity on-grid price research report

    According to the “Biomass Electricity Price Policy Research Report” jointly published by the National Renewable Energy Centre, the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Biomass Energy Branch of the China Association for the Promotion of Industrial Development, the gap between subsidy funds and installed capacity of China’s renewable energy has continued to widen. By the end of 2017, a total of 14.4 billion CNY, of which 6.41 billion CNY was agricultural and forestry biomass, and 1,228MW (about 8% of total installed capacity) were not included in the government subsidy list. The report outlines the challenges in biomass power generation—projects have high cost, weak profitability, long payback periods, subsidy arrears—alongside the important role biomass power generation plays in environmental protection, people’s livelihood and clean heating. (BJX)

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    Jiangsu sets 2019 power trading target at 300TWh

    The 2019 Jiangsu power market transaction notice states that the province’s power trading target is 300TWh based on a two-sided negotiation and bidding system. On the power demand side, power voltage levels of 10kV and above are required to participate in trading. On the power supply side, trading participation is open to thermal and nuclear power units. (JSPEC)

     

    Jiangsu’s total power consumption in 2017 was 580TWh, and total power consumption for 2019 is estimated to reach 630TWh, putting the 300TWh power market trading target at half of total power consumption.

     

     

    Zhejiang gas on-grid price temporarily increases 0.2 CNY/kWh

    From October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, Zhejiang will increase gas power generation on-grid price by 0.202CNY/kWh. During this period, 9F and 6F power generation units’ on-grid price will be 0.73CNY/kWh. 9E and 6B power generation units’ on-grid price will be 0.79 CNY/kWh. (Zhejiang DRC)

    In comparison, Zhejiang’s wind on-grid price sits at 0.57CNY/kWh based on resource type IV, and its PV on-grid price at 0.85CNY/kWh based on resource type III. This is encouraging evidence that wind and solar are competitive players in the region.

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

     

    • NEA revises RPS on quota system and policies
    • Mingyang Smart Energy Group approved for IPO
    • Zhejiang Daishan signs MOU with XEMC, CCCC Third Harbor and Ningbo Dongfang Cable
    • Beijing increases natural gas price during winter heating period
    • Yangjiang promotes investment activities in wind power industry
    • Hebei publishes 2018 Engineering Research Center Construction List proposal
    • MOEA reaffirms commitments to reach 5.5 GW of offshore wind by 2025
    • Jiangsu promotes PPP projects in revision of awards and supplemental funds

     

     

    NEA revises RPS on quota system and policies

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has revised the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) on the premise of keeping the quota system and policies basically the same. Previously, in March and September of this year, the NEA published two drafts for the RPS. In this notice, the methods for measuring provincial-level regional quotas, monitoring and evaluating the quotas and assessing the market entities that bear the quota obligations are as follows:

    1. The 2020 indicator is a guiding indicator, which is dynamically adjusted according to the situation of renewable energy resources and the transmission of renewable energy across provincial and inter-regional channels. When the indicators for 2020 are measured, the proportion of renewable energy in Jiuquan-Hunan, Zalute-Shandong, Ningxia-Shandong, Shanghai-Shandong, Ningdong-Zhejiang UHV transmission channels is considered to be no less than 30%.
      There has been some debate about whether UHV transmission lines were built to support renewables or just to move coal and pollution from the big cities to more remote areasThis policy inticates the answer is 'a bit of both', suggesting the need to continue building both renewables and new coal power plants in West China.
    2. The minimum renewable energy index that should be achieved for each provincial administrative region is a binding indicator, and the incentive index is determined by exceeding 10% of the binding index.
    3. For the provincial administrative areas where the quota of renewable energy power reaches 80%(including hydro [i.e., Sichuan and Yunnan), no binding monitoring and evaluation will be carried out.(NEA)

    Non-hydro RPS required

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     (Note: The column on the right indicates the number of 100MW wind farms which would need to be built by 2020 to satisfy the increase in RPS requirement (assuming the whole gap is filled with wind, with utilization hours of 1800 hours, and also assuming average annual city power consumption growth of 5%).

      

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC pre-approves SPIC Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project
    • Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity decreases 19.7% YOY
    • ZSOAF pre-approves CGN Daishan IV offshore wind project sea area use right
    • 3-Gorges plans to transfer 61% stake in pumped storage power generation company
    • JHD and Guangxi HOPE sign MOU for waste power battery recycling

     

     

    Local DRC pre-approves SPIC Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project

    The Zhanjiang City Development and Reform Bureau has released a public notice regarding the Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project and is now accepting feedback during the notice period. The project is divided into two phases and has a total planned installed capacity of 600MW. The estimated annual on-grid power for this project is 1.5Twh and the annual equivalent full load hours is 2505h. The project will also involve the construction of 2 units of 220kv offshore substations. (Zhanjiang DRC)

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    In December 2017, the Zhanjiang government, SPIC and Mingyang Wind Power signed an MOU for the Zhanjiang Xuwen offshore wind project. The agreement stated that:

    1. The Zhanjiang government will promote the project’s approval and support preferential policy.
    2. SPIC will ensure that the project begins construction in 2019 and deploys Mingyang’s WTG and O&M service.
    3. Mingyang will invest in building a new energy service center in Zhanjiang.

     

     

    Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity decreases 19.7% YOY

    According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), China’s PV power generation newly installed capacity totaled 34.5GW in the first three quarters of 2018, down 19.7% year-on-year (YOY). Among that figure, centralized PV newly installed capacity made up 17.4GW and distributed PV newly installed capacity made up 17.1GW. By the end of September, the national PV total installed capacity was 164.7GW, with 117.9GW in centralized PV and 46.8GW in distributed PV. (NEA)

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    The chart above represents the percentage of PV newly installed capacity that each region accounts for of the total 34.5GW. The sharp decrease (19.7%) in Q1 ~ Q3 PV newly installed capacity can be seen as a direct result of the “PV 531” policy.

     

     

    ZSOAF pre-approves CGN Daishan IV offshore wind project sea area use right

    On November 13, the Zhoushan Ocean and Fishery Bureau released a public notice for the CGN Daishan IV Offshore Wind Power Project’s (Phase I) sea area use application, giving the public a period of 20 days to voice any objections or hearing requests. The CGN Daishan IV offshore wind farm is planned to have a total installed capacity of 216MW and a total investment of 4 billion CNY. (ZSOAF)

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    3-Gorges plans to transfer 61% stake in pumped storage power generation company

    On November 19, 3-Gorges announced plans to transfer a 61% stake in Hohhot Pumped Storage Power Generation Co., Ltd. for a reserve price of 929 million CNY. The IMAR hydro pump power generation company was established in 2005 with a registered capital of 1.5 billion CNY. As of October 31, 2018, the company’s financial report stated that its operating income was 838 million CNY, total assets were 6.224 billion CNY, and owner's equity was 1.322 billion CNY. (CS)

     

     

    JHD and Guangxi HOPE sign MOU for waste power battery recycling

    On November 20, JHD (Guangdong Guanghua Sci-Tech Co., Ltd) and Guangxi HOPE Automobile Co., Ltd signed an MOU regarding waste power battery recycling. Through the cooperation between the two parties, organic integration of economic benefits, environmental benefits and social benefits can be realized, and a model for the recycling and utilization of power batteries as well as for a circular economy can be established. (Finance Sina)

    As evidence of JHD’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility, the company was among the first batch of automobile, motorcycle, three-wheeled vehicle and freight car products and producers approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) based on its Interim Measures for the Management of Recycling and Utilization of Power Batteries of New Energy Vehicles. Additionally, apart from this MOU JHD also signed with BJEV and Skywell (Nanjing Jinlong) to cooperate and advance sustainable development in China.

  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Yangjiang DRC approves two Mingyang offshore wind projects
    • Jieyang DRC approves SPIC  Jieyang Shenquan II 350MW project
    • Data shows national wind total installed capacity reached 177GW by end of October
    • Imports less than or equal to 6MW now required to pay duties and value-added taxes
    • Reports show rapid development in grid side power storage

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves two Mingyang offshore wind projects

    The Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Yangjiang, a city in China’s southern Guangdong Province, has approved two offshore wind projectsto be owned and developped by one of the country’s largest private wind turbine manufacturer Mingyang.

    1. Mingyang Yangjiang Qingchuan VI offshore wind project: 500MW with 72 units of 7.0MW WTG each and total investment projected to be above 9 billion CNY.
    2. Mingyang Yangjiang Shaba 300MW offshore wind project: 300MW with 55 units of 5.5MW WTG each and total investment projected to be above 5.9 billion CNY (Yangjiang DRC)

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    Mingyang MySE5.5-7.0MW Installation at Xinghua Bay

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    The Mingyang MySE5.5-7.0MW platform is already being tested at the Three Gorges Xinghua Bay offshore demonstration project in Fujian. The technology is based on the same platform as the Mingyang 5.5MW turbine, and will be deployed in large volume in the Yangjian projects. Interestingly, these projects are being developed by Mingyang which is both private and a turbine manufacturer, which changes from the usual large state owned utilities which dominate most of the pipeline. Mingyang is also setting up a blade manufacturing base in Yangjiang’s High Tech Development Zone with a capacity of 230 blade set per year (with each set being made of 3 blades).

     

     

    Jieyang DRC approves SPIC  Jieyang Shenquan II 350MW project

    The Jieyang DRC has reviewed and approved phase two of SPIC’s Jieyang offshore project application. The project will have a total installed capacity of 750MW, divided into two phases, Shenquan I with 400MW and Shenquan II with 350MW. Shenquan I was approved in August earlier this year with plans to install 73 units of 5.5MW WTG. Shenquan II has plans to use 64 units of 5.5MW WTG. (Jieyang DRC)

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    A large number of big wind farms are being approved in Guangdong this week. This is driven by a strong will from local governments to boost the local offshore wind industry, as well as by a rush to get projects approved this year in order to benefit from the 0.85 CNY/kWh tariff.

     

     

    Data shows national wind total installed capacity reached 177GW by end of October

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released data on the national power industry from January to October 2018. The numbers revealed that by the end of October, the national wind total installed capacity was 177.57MW. From January to October, wind utilization hours totaled 1,724 hrs, an increase of 172 hrs from the same period last year. (NEA)

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    Imports less than or equal to 6MW now required to pay duties and value-added taxes

    The Ministry of Finance has decided to revise relevant catalogues of import tax policies for major technical equipment according to the development of the domestic equipment manufacturing industry and its supporting industries in recent years. Among the revisions, it is now stated that imports of technical equipment of less than or equal to 6MW should pay an import duty and an import value-added tax. (MOF)

    Imports of major technical equipment and catalogues not exempt from taxes:

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    What is also suggested by the policy is that whole wind turbine systems of more than 6MW would not be subject to import duty and import VAT (which sum to more than 20%). Maybe an opportunity for foreign suppliers to sell large turbines in China ?

     

     

    Reports show rapid development in grid side power storage

    Since the beginning of this year, China's grid side energy storage has developed rapidly. At present, local governments and power grid enterprises in Jiangsu, Henan, Qinghai, Gansu and other regions are actively deploying grid side energy storage projects. According to statistics from the CNESA global energy storage project library, from January to September 2018, the installed capacity of electrochemical energy storage connected to China's power grid reached 150MW, of which 140MW was newly installed. (People)

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  • China Cleantech Update

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC releases Guangdong new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms
    • Yangjiang DRC approves China’s largest offshore wind farm
    • 6,000MW unsubsidized onshore wind project FSR passes review
    • Taiwan 2025 “non-nuclear home” target fails
    • China State Grid and Portugal REN sign MOU for cooperation in energy

     

     

    Local DRC releases Guangdong new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms

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

    Scope of application:

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

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

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

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    According to the scope of application of this policy, Azure thinks that multiple offshore projects in Guangdong will be approved within this month. The Guangdong DRC has previously published an opinion on this policy in August earlier this year (Azure news). The policy has not changed much since the draft, and still favors local developers as only references in Guangdong province and China are taken in account. However based on discussions with local governments and players in Guangdong we believe this is an omission rather than a deliberate intention to exclude foreign investors from Guangdong.

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves China’s largest offshore wind farm

    CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I 1,000MW offshore wind farm has been approved for construction by the Yangjiang DRC. The 1,000MW offshore wind farm surpasses what used to be the largest wind farm in China, the Zhenjiang Xuwen 600MW offshore wind farm, by 400MW, making it now number one. CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I 1,000MW offshore wind farm is located south of Yangjiang’s Nanpeng Island in Guangdong Province. The project plans to deploy 5.5MW WTG and feature three 220kV offshore substations. The turbines will be installed in depths of 38m to 50m, and the wind farm will be  constructed between 2020 and 2025 with a total investment above 18.8 billion CNY. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    CGN’s Yangjiang Fanshi I project belongs to the Yangjiang deep-water offshore wind zone II (as outlined in the Guangdong offshore wind development plan). With increases in water depth, floating foundations may have more advantage than the traditional WTG foundations and some of the developpers are interested to test floating technologies. Since November 2018, Yangjiang City has approved 3,300MW offshore wind projects but has more than 5,000MW of pipeline is still under review by the local government. Azure thinks that some of the remaining pipeline will be approved within this month.

     

     

    6,000MW unsubsidized onshore wind project FSR passes review

    The Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for the first phase of SPIC’s IMAR Ulanqab 6,000MW onshore wind project has passed review. The project will be listed in the National 2018 Wind Development Plan and will not be receiving national electricity price subsidies. (SPIC)

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    Ulanqab has access to Type I wind resources and belongs to the West IMAR power grid. The aim is for the project to sell electricity at the local on-grid price of 0.28CNY/kWh instead of 0.4CNY/kWh like other nearby wind farms that benefit from a feed-in-tariff. However in counterpart, UHV power lines are being build specifically for this wind base which should enable to guarantee close to 100% energy offtake, whereas other nearby projects that suffer from severe curtailment  

     

     

    Taiwan 2025 “non-nuclear home” target fails

    A November 30 referendum on abolishing Taiwan’s 2025 non-nuclear target has resulted in the failure of the ruling. Previously, the Taiwanese government proclaimed that Taiwan would stop all operations of nuclear power generation plants before 2025 and replace them with clean energy. On December 2, the act has been declared ineffective. (MOEA)

    Taiwan 2025 installed capacity by technology [resource]

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    Earlier this year, Taiwan approved 5,500MW of offshore wind projects and aimed to have all the projects operating by 2025. The 5,500MW of offshore projects were divided into 3,836MW selected projects and 1,664MW auctioned projects.

     

     

    China State Grid and Portugal REN sign MOU for cooperation in energy

    On December 5 (Portugal local time), under the joint witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, China State Grid and Portugal’s national energy network REN signed an MOU at the Cruz Palace in Lisbon to deepen cooperation and development in the energy field. With this framework, the two sides agree to utilize their respective advantages in South America, Africa and Europe, as well as other regions, to explore energy infrastructure cooperation. China and Portugal are to strengthen joint R&D of new energy technology and the exchange of business best practices via specialized personnel visits between the two countries. (CEC)

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    In 2012, China State Grid acquired 25% of REN’s stock for 387 million EUR and became the company’s largest shareholder.

  • China Cleantech Update April 11, 2016

    News Summary:

    • Qinghai power trading center opens 
    • Jilin Energy Board publishes 2016 power generation forecasts and goals
    • NEA releases notice on market supervision priorities for 2016
    • CWEA releases 2015  wind report

     
     
    Policy: Qinghai Power Trading Center Open for Business
    Qinghai, a sparsely populated province in the northwest, announced last week that State Grid’s Qinhai division built a power trading platform for electricity sales. The new company is known as Qinghai Electric Power Trading Center, and will be responsible for wholesale electricity trading, overseeing market allocation of power resources, and the sustainable development of the local energy industry. (SGCC CN)
     
    The shift toward a more flexible power trading model is in line with recent market reforms, and ideally will usher in fairer market pricing structures in electricity sales. 
     
     

    Policy: Jilin Energy Administration Publishes 2016 Generation Goals
    The Energy Administration of Jilin Province published its energy generation targets and statistics for 2016. The announcement plan includes priority dispatch of renewable energy resources, namely, wind, biomass, and hydropower. The key data points include:

    • 4.9 GW of power generation under management
    • 6.4 TWh generation
    • Wind average utilization hours: 1,313, compared to 1,430 i n 2015

    Lastly, they will shut down a 25 year-old, 200MW thermal power plant run by Datang, primarily due to the shift in policy supporting less-efficient thermal power plants. (Jilin Gov CN
     
    Energy administrations are, by law, required to publish year-ahead energy consumption and generation forecasts. 


     
    Policy: NEA Announces Market Supervision Policy
    The NEA released a notice on its market supervision policy for 2016, put forward to strengthen the supervision of both renewable energy utilization. The policy consists of 26 points. Some highlights include:

    • improve utilization hours of renewable energy,
    • price reform on oil, natural gas, and coal,
    • online access to apply for and be approved for special market permits,
    • improved power grid scheduling with open trading and regulation,
    • an increased emphasis on pipelines and natural gas specifically, and
    • develop an online database of best practices and expert white papers. (NEA CN)

    Due to a number of political and economic concerns, there is a growing importance being placed on the actual utilization of renewable energy resources. While developers continue to add wind and solar capacity at unprecedented rates,  grid connection and energy utilization are two pressing concerns that the NEA is beginning to address more aggressively. Azure is able to model and forecast curtailment levels of wind and solar projects at the provincial level.
     

  • China Cleantech Update April 27, 2016

    News Summary:

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


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

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

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

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  • China Cleantech Update August 06, 2018

    News Summary:

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

     

     

    NEA publishes 1H2018 wind power on-grid operation situation

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

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

     

     

    157MW of offshore wind installed in 1H

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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  • China Cleantech Update August 14, 2018

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes 1H2018 solar power installations
    • HHI signs an offshore wind construction & installation contract with 3-Gorges
    • Jiangsu power grid load exceeds 100 GW for second consecutive year
    • China EV charging infrastructure annual report (2017-2018) published by NEA
    • Shanghai Electric terminates acquisition of subsidiary of GCL-Poly

     

    NEA publishes 1H2018 solar power installations

    During the first half of this year, 24 GW of new PV capacity was installed. This includes 12GW of centralized PV, a decrease of 30% yr-on-yr, and 12GW of distributed PV, an increase of 72% yr-on-yr. The total installed PV capacity has now reached 154.5GW, about three quarters of which is centralized. (NEA)

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    In the first half of 2018, newly installed PV capacity in Shandong, Zhejiang, Henan and Jiangsu provinces all above 1GW, and the newly installed distributed photovoltaic installations in the four provinces accounted for more than half of the country.

     

     

    HHI signs an offshore wind construction & installation contract with 3-Gorges

    Huadian Heavy Industries (HHI), a subsidiary of Huadian Group, won the bid for the first batch of foundation construction and installation of 38 wind turbines as well as an offshore high voltage substation for the 3-Gorges Guandong Yangjiang Xishaba 300MW offshore wind project. The contract is worth 1 billion CNY.(Finance Sina)

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    Jiangsu power grid load exceeds 100 GW for second consecutive year

    On August 8, Jiangsu Power Grid load reached 102.26 GW, breaking last year's record of 102.19GW. From January to July this year, total power consumption in Jiangsu reached 349.5TWh, an increase of 6.78% yr-on-yr. Appoximately 22% of this  power demand was produced from renewable energy sources.(CEC)

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    China EV charging infrastructure annual report (2017-2018) published by NEA

    777,000 electric vehicles were sold in China in 2017, an increase of 53.3% year-on-year, allowing EV market share to reach 2.7%. In 2017, there were 214,000 public charging stations and 232,000 private charging stations. Construction of another 600,000 charging stations is in planning, including 100,000 public and 500,000 private. (NEA)

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    Highway power charging network

     

     

    Shanghai Electric terminates acquisition of subsidiary of GCL-Poly

    In June this year, Shanghai Electric announced its intention to acquire 51% of Jiangsu Zhongneng, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly (HK3800) focused on high-purity polysilicon production, for 12.7 billion CNY. Shanghai Electric now terminates the acquisition procedure. (Finance Sina)

    The acquisition was cancelled due to changes in the photovoltaic situation since the second half of the year. Especially after the “531” PV New Deal, the two sides have different judgments on the trading conditions and the future development prospects of the PV market.

  • China Cleantech Update August 28, 2018

    News Summary:

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

     

    Guandong DRC publishes opinion on new bidding mechanisms for wind farms

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

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

     

     

    Jan to Jul energy statistics published by NEA

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

     

    Azure has summarized key information in the graphs below:

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Mingyang and SPIC sign an MOU for cooperation on offshore wind

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

  • China Cleantech Update August 31, 2016

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes 2015 national renewable energy portfolio
    • Beijing imports 21 TWh of wind for March to July period
    • NDRC approves new UHV DC IMAR to Shandong line
    • Xi Jinping visits  State Power Investment Corporation

     

    Policy: NEA Publishes 2015 National Renewable Development Energy Portfolio
    The NEA released a report highlighting the end of year 2015 national renewable energy data. Total installed capacity of all renewable energy sources stood at 480 GW. The installed capacity and annual generation for each resource is shown below.

    • Hydro: 300 GW , 1,099 TWh 
    • Wind: 129 GW, 186 TWh
    • Solar: 43 GW, 39 TWh
    • Biomass: 10 GW, 52 TWh (NEA CN)

    Total generation figures stand at 1,363 TWh, approximately 24.5% of total power demand. Excluding hydro, however, paints a less rosy picture of 278 TWh and 5% of total power demand. 
     
     
    Power Generation (Outer Circle) and Installed Capacity (Inner Circle) Ratio by Generation Type, 2015 All of China

     

    Source: NEA, Azure International
     

  • China Cleantech Update January 26, 2016

    News Summary: 

    • Azure to present keynote speech  at 2016 Winterwind International Wind Energy Conference 
    • NEA publishes total energy consumption for 2015
    • Three Gorges power station generates 900TWh from 2003 to present
    • Gamesa receives 98MW order
    • Hanergy adds thin-film solar to demonstration buildings in Jiangsu Province
    • Ministry of Finance introduces new restructuring fee for power grid companies

     
     
     
    Azure: Azure International to Deliver Keynote Presentation at Winterwind 2016
    Sebastian Meyer, Director of Research & Advisory at Azure will deliver a keynote presentation at Winterwind International Wind Energy Conference held in Aare, Sweden, on 9 February 2016. The presentation, entitled North Asia Driving the Cold Climate Wind Industry, will look at challenges and anecdotes from what has emerged as the world's largest concentration of wind turbines in northern latitudes. For more information, please visit the conference website.
     

  • China Cleantech Update July 02, 2018

    News Summary: 

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

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

     


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

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

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

     


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

  • China Cleantech Update July 17, 2018

    azure1News Summary: 

    • 3-Gorges group publishes its 2017 sustainability report
    • CATL Battery will investEuro240 millionto set up a battery production base in Germany andsecures a $4.7 billioncontract from BMW
    • MIIT publishesnew list of encouraged construction material technology and products
    • China leading wind gearbox manufacturer NGC to be acquired by Neoglory Prosperity Inc

     
     
    3-Gorges group publishes its 2017 sustainability report
    The report describes how 3-Gorges plans to create a large-scale development platform for new energy such as offshore wind power. The Group's target is to develop wind and solar energy as its second main busines after hydro, mainly focusing on large-scale development of offshore wind power.

      
    Three Gorges' Fujian Fuqing Xinghua Bay Phase I demonstration project is now in operation, featuring 14 wind turbines from 7 different manufacturers with unit capacity between 5 MW to 6.7 MW and a total installed capacity of 78.4 MW. The demonstration project has had positive press last week as the offshore turbines just withstood Maria typhoon without any damage.
     

    CATL Battery will invest Euro240 millionto set up a battery production base in Germany andsecures $4.7 billion contract from BMW
    Under the joint witness of the Chinese and German prime ministers, China CATL and the German state government of Thuringia signed an investment agreement in Berlin. According to the agreement, CATL will set up a battery production base and intelligent manufacturing technology research and development center in Erfurt, Thuringia. (Sohu)

     
    In 2017, CATL shipped 11.84 GWh of lithium-ion batteries, ranking first in the global market with a 17% market share.
     
     
    MIIT publishes new list of encouraged construction material technology and products
    The list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promotes the transformation and upgrade of the construction material industry,  as well as costs reduction, increase in efficiency and acceleration of the supply-side structural reform. The list also addresses the problem of overcapacity in the cement and glass industries. (MIIT)

     
    The listhas atotalof 48 items. An interesting one is the addition ofelectrochromic andthermochromicsmart windows as well as othershading systems, including specific performance requirements..
     
     
    China leading wind gearbox manufacturer NGC to be acquired by Neoglory Prosperity Inc
    Neoglory Prosperity Inc announced its intention to acquire NGC (Nanjing High Accurate Drive Equipment Manufacturing Group Co., Ltd) for a total asset value above 2 billion USD. Neoglory Prosperity released a major asset purchase plan which described the intention to have its Five Season subsidiary acquire between 834 and 1,208 million shares of NGC (00658, HK), representing 51% to 74% of the company, for a price ranging between RMB 9.99 and RMB 11.25 per share.(SinaFinance)
     
    NGC isthe leading Chinese wind turbine gearbox manufacturer, supplying a large number of domestic and international wind turbine OEMs.Neoglory Prosperity Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Neoglory Prosperity ", stock code: 002147.sz), listed on the Shenzhen stock exchangesince April 2016, is a commercialand tourism real estate developper as well as a precision machinery manufacturingcompany.

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  • China Cleantech Update July 23, 2018

    azure1News Summary: 

    • FujianGOV issues list of offshore wind farms
    • China's largest grid connected ESS project comes on line
    • Large fire at South Korean energy storage power station
    • Japan builds first PV power plant from recycled PV modules
    • NDRC promotes participation of renewable energy projects in power trading programs

     
     
    FujianGOV issues list of offshore wind farms
    Fujian GOV released a plan requiring the different government offices across the province to fully support implementation of 228 major projects, including 130 under construction and 98 in development, in order to accelerate the growth of the "marine economy" in the province.
    (Fujian GOV)

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    We have extracted offshore wind projects out of the document as well as summarized key information in the tables below. The list includes 9 offshore wind farms with cumulative capacity of 2.7GW and average CAPEX of 20,800 CNY/kW.
        
     
    China's largest grid connected ESS project comes on line
    The 20MW/160MWh intelligent energy storage power station of the Feida Group invested by Nandu Power (300068) was successfully connected to the grid. The power station is a key project of the State Grid Jiangsu summer peak shaving plan. The project has an annual energy storage capacity of about 53 million kWh. (ntdaily)

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    According to the State Grid Jiangsu Power Forecast,peak summer consumption in Jiangsu has reached 112 million kW in 2018, an increase of 10% since last year. Now that the Chinese economy is transiting from a secondary to a tertiary economy, while the total consumption growth is predicted to slow down, we can actually expect the growth of peak consumption to accelerate, which drives up the requirements for the scale of the whole energy production and transmission infrastructure but drives the utilization hours down. Energy storage peak shaving projects are one of the solutions to increase the efficiency of the whole system.
     
     
    Large fire atSouth Korean energy storage power station
    A fire broke out at the energy storage project connected to the Lingyan Wind Power Plant, causing the 706m2 scale battery building and more than 3,500 Li-Ion batteries to burn. The grid scale energy storage project with a capacity of 12MWh was installed in 2015. (Sohu)

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    This news item was found by Azure on several news platform in Chinese language, but has not been reported anywhere else to Azure's knowledge. Azure is investigating the accuracy of this news item, and in the meantime does not guarantee its validity. Fire hazards with Lithium Ion battery is a well know issue and a key concern in the sector, as well as a drive for development of alternative battery technologies.
     
     
    Japan builds first PV power plant from recycled PV modules
    Japan's NextEnergy&Resources builds a PV power plant using recycled PV panels. The project has an installed capacity of 280.78KW and features five different panel technologies including monocrystalline, polycrystalline, CIS thin film etc. (BJX)
     
    By the end of 2017, Chinahad atotalPV capacityof more than 130GWIncluding 50GW newly installedduring 2017.At this pace, recycling PV material should soon become an important topic in the industry.
     
     
    NDRC promotes participation of renewable energy projects in power trading programs
    According to the new policy, direct power trading mechanisms are now open to medium size end-users which connect to the grid at 10kV or above (versus 35kV in previous versions of the policy) and sources of clean energy such as wind, solar, hydro and nulcear are encouraged to trade directly with large industrials such as coal, steel, nonferrous metals,  cement and glass producers. (NDRC)
     
    As Azure had forecasted a few years back, while the direct power trading mechanisms introduced over the past years were intially expected to have a positive impact in helping integrate clean energy, in reality it is more likely that lage coal power plants with stable and controllable production sign up with large industrial producers with flat and predictable consumption. The policy confirms that more work is needed to help clean energy sources be competitive in a deregulated market. 

  • China Cleantech Update June 06, 2018

    News Summary: 

    • Important: NEA announces competitive FIT for wind projects
    • Shandong: 2.4 GW wind power construction in 2018
    • Tianjin: 64.3 billion RMB in smart grid development
    • A new wind power R&D center in Guangdong
    • Siemens Gamesa supplies 640MW offshore project in Taiwan
    • Shanxi province, 400MW wind power to heat project
    • First commercial wind farm in Jiangsu with turbines > 6MW



    NEA issues newFIT guidelines for wind projects

    On May 18, 2018, NEA issued the “Circular on the 2018 Annual Requirements for Wind Power Construction Management”, listing a number of management guidelines for deployment of wind farms such as how implementing of national targets and avoiding wind curtailment. The most important item is the sudden announcement that, as of the date on which the policy was issued, for all the new onshore wind farms in provinces which have not yet issued their 2018 wind construction plans, and all new offshore wind farms for which an investment entity is not yet identified, the feed-in-tariff (FIT) shall be established via a competitive mechanism. Other projects that already built or do not fit in above categories can continue to enjoy the regular wind FIT. It is also suggested that the wind farms eligible under the distributed wind policy (less than 50MW, 110kV or less grid connection) can still benefit from the original tariffs. (NEA)

    There has been regular policy drafting and discussion around reduction of FIT for wind energy, but such a sudden change effective immediately was generally unexpected. Relying on historical events, one can imagine that FITs established via competitive bidding will be significantly lower than original FITs and might also create uncertainty on developer's capacity to retain their project. This can be very bad news for some investors, especially those with projects still in development and not yet announced in provincial plans.  Azure is currently performing further research to understand the details of the policy, such as to which projects it applies, the definition of "investment entity", which "competitive mechanisms" will be put in place to establish future tariffs, and the potential impact on market players.


    Shandong province announced 2.4 GW wind power projects in 2018

    On May 17th, Shandong Province issued the 2018 annual wind power development plan. The province informed that, in 2017, a total of 3.34 GW of wind power projects have been developed, and announced that a total of 51 power projects have been arranged for 2018, with a total construction scale of 2.4 GW.  (BJX)

    Shandong will promote more than 50 new wind energy plants. Considering the relatively average low capacity of wind farms, we expectthat several of them are decentralized projects, connecting at or below 110kV.The timing of the announcement is interesting, 1 day prior to the national FIT policy described above.

  • China Cleantech Update June 25, 2018

    News Summary: 

    • MOF published the 7th batch new energy subsidy list
    • NEA published national power industry statistics from Jan to May
    • Shaanxi Province distributed wind power development plan
    • China and Russia sign nuclear energy cooperation project
    • NDRC & NEA agreeto carry out electricpower system reforms in Tibet

     
     
    MOF published the 7th batch new energy subsidy list


    On June 15, the Chinese Ministry of Finance published the 7th batch of the new energy subsidy list. The batch covers more than 5,000 renewable energy projects that were connected to the grid between closure of the 6th batch and March 2016, including 1,185 grid-connected power generation projects with a total capacity of approximately 53GW.  475 wind farms with cumulative capacity of 34GW account for 64% of all grid-connected power generation projects. 613 solar power projects with cumulative capacity of 17 GW account for 33% of all grid-connected power projects (MOF)

     

     
    The issuance of the subsidy catalogue will help improve the cash flow of related renewable energyprojects,which have not been able to secure full FIT revenue streams since they connected to the grid and started selling electricity, up to years ago. This seventh batch in particular has been awaited for a longer time than in the past, as the application was closed more than a year ago.
     
     
    NEA published national power industry statistics from Jan to May


    Between January and May 2018, a total of 34GW of energy projects have been installed throughout the country.

     


    The data is incomplete as solar installations are not given, however we can extrapolate that they have exceeded 10GW, from looking at the total installed capacity. Hydro and thermalinstallations are slowing down compared to previous years, and windis maintaining a steady growth.
     


    Shaanxi Province distributed wind power development plan


    In June 2018, Shaanxi Province officially issued its distributed wind power development plan, with a total installed capacity of 426 MW. (CHINAWINDNEWS)

     

    From the documents,we can see that a majority of the projectsarebelow 20 MW, and that 90% of them do not overcome 30 MW.  This definitely is a new trend compared to the past were big 50MW projects have been preferred. We remind that smallercapacity distributed wind power projects will benefitfrom more government subsidies (for further information consult the news published on April 23rd).
     

    Xi Jinping andPutinsignnuclear energy cooperation project


    On June 8th, during the Cooperation Summit in Qingdao, the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin signed an agreement for joint construction of 4 VVER-1200 third-generation nuclear reactors in Tianwan, Liaoning province, and Xudabao, Jiangsu province. The value of the contract exceeds 20 billion RMB contract and the total cost of the 2 projects is estimated above 100 billion RMB. (CEC)
     
     
    NDRC & NEA agree Tibet carry out electric reformation


    On June 21st, NDRC & NEA agreed that the Autonomous Region of Tibet will join other provinces in implementing electrical power system reforms, By the end of 2017, Tibet power consumptions reached 6.201TWh and power generation reached 6.226 TWh for a total installed generation capacity of 3.09GW. (NDRC)
     
    Electric reforms applied to a growing number of Chinese provinces form aset of policiesenabling to determineenergy pricesthrough market mechanisms, therefore disrupting the monopoly of grid companies and establishing a more transparent structure for pricing of T&D. 

  • China Cleantech Update November 05, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Q3 2018 report shows China boosts grid-connected offshore capacity by 1,020MW
    • Fujian DRC approves Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm
    • SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind farm first 6 WTG units connected to the grid
    • 2017 wind power generation average on-grid price decreases 0.43% YOY
    • CIP & Century Group sign 16.5 billion TWD offshore wind foundation contract
    • Baoxin Energy and CGN sign MoU for 1,400MW offshore wind project
    • NEA publishes letter promoting non-subsidized PV & Wind on-grid work
    • NEA data show national wind power utilization hours increase 167hrs by end of August

     

    Q3 2018 report shows China boosts grid-connected offshore capacity by 1,020MW

    By the end of Q3 2018, China’s yearly installedwind capacity reached 12,610MW, a 30% year-on-year (YOY) increase. Total wind generation capacity in China was 267.6TWh, a 26% YOY increase. For China’s grid-connected offshore wind, there was 1,020MW newly added capacity, mainly concentrated in Jiangsu (920MW) and Fujian (90MW) provinces. (NEA)

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    Fujian DRC approves Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm

    Fujian Putian City offshore wind farm will be located in Xinghua Bay, with plans to set 40 units of 5.0MW WTG. Project details – distance from shore: 3km; depth range: 5 to 15m; total investment: 3.44 billion CNY.

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     SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind farm first 6 WTG units connected to the grid

    The 75-unit 4.0MW WTG SPIC Dafeng H3#300MW offshore wind power project has been successfully connected to the grid. The project is located in Yancheng City’s Binhai County in Jiangsu Province. Project details – distance from shore: 36km; depth range: 17.9 to 18.3m; sea area: 46km2; total investment: 4.96 billion CNY (excludes onshore investment)(CEC)

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    Before this project, SPIC already had two offshore wind farms completed and in operation.

    SPIC Binhai North H1# - 25 units 4.0MW WTG operating in May 2015

    SPIC Binhai North H2# - 100 units 4.0MW WTG operating in June 2018

     

     

    2017 wind power generation average on-grid price decreases 0.43% YOY

    The 2017 national wind power generation average on-grid price was 0.5623CNY/kWh, a 0.43% YOY decrease. Shanghai’s average on-grid price, ranked the highest, was 0.7519CNY/kWh, whereas Yunnan’s was only 0.4238CNY/kWh. (Average on-grid price = power sale income / on-gird power * 1.17 including TAX) (NEA)

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    CIP & Century Group sign 16.5 billion TWD offshore wind foundation contract

    The Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund (CIP) and Century Group (Century) signed an Offshore Wind Foundation Contract for 16.5 billion TWD on October 2. CIP Zhangfang and CIP Xidao, which have a total capacity of 600MW and more than 60 units of offshore wind foundations, will be handed over to Century Group, making it the highest single contract in the history of offshore wind power in Taiwan. (CIP tw)

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    The project is based on Taiwan’s goal to remove nuclear power plants by 2025. Taiwan wants to install a 520MW offshore wind farm in 2020 and a total of 3,000MW offshore wind farms by 2025. In phase I of CIP Zhangfang offshore wind farm, 100MW will be operating in 2021, and in phase II, 452MW will be operating in 2023. For CIP Xidao offshore wind farm, 48MW will be operating in 2024.

     

     

    Baoxin Energy and CGN sign MoU for 1,400MW offshore wind project

    Baoxin Energy has announced the signing of an MoU with CGN for a 1,400MW offshore wind project. The two sides will negotiate a cooperation agreement based on the letter of intent for cooperation. According to the letter, the two sides intend to jointly develop the Shanwei Jiazi Offshore Wind Farm (900MW) and the Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Farm (500MW). After the Shanwei Houhu (500MW) Offshore Wind Farm project is approved, Baoxin Energy and CGN will establish a JV in which CNG will hold 80% and Baoxin 20%. (Sina Finance)

    Shanwei Houhu 500MW project sea area diagram.

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    CGN is a large clean energy group. By the end of 2017, CGN had 21,470MW of nuclear plants in operation, 10,270MW under construction, more than 11GW of wind installed, and more than 2GW of PV installed.

     

     

    NEA publishes letter promoting non-subsidized PV & Wind on-grid work

    In the context ofon goingPhotovoltaic (PV) & Wind technology advancement and costreductions, the National Energy Administration (NEA) announced that it will further promote the acceleration of renewable energy development and competitiveness, and eliminate subsidy dependence as soon as possible. Non-subsidized PV & Wind projects will be approved by local governments and should sign long-term contracts with local power grid companies with curtailment levels below 5%. In this notice, NEA also announced plans to promote direct trading in PV & Wind. In direct trading, PV & Wind developers and customersnegotiateanon-grid price and payaT&D (Transmission and Distribution) price to the power grid company. (BJX)

    Non-subsidized renewable energy direct trading.

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    For illustration, wind farms connected in type I wind resource areas (mostly in North, NE and NW China) can currently receive a subsidized on-grid tariff of0.4CNY/kWh, whereas thermalpower plants in the same region receive between0.25and 0.30 CNY/kWh. However these same wind farms often face severe curtailment, with up to 30% of possible production lost because of grid off-take challenges. .

     

     

    NEA data show national wind power utilization hours increase 167hrs by end of August

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released statistics on the national electricity industry for January to August. Between January and August, national power consumption was 4,529.6TWh, a 9% YOY increase. During this period, there was also 10.26GWofnewly installed wind capacity with 1,412 utilization hours. (NEA)

    Azure has summarized some of the key data in the graph below:

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  • China Cleantech Update September 12, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Zhejiang province to limit coal production and energy consumption
    • NEA publishes national coal power ultra-low emission and energy saving targets
    • Wind production accounts for more than 5% of national total in 1H2018
    • Fujian and Shandong cancel subsidies for distributed PV projects
    • China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm
    • NDRC requires power trading companies to carry out shareholding reforms

     

     

    Zhejiang province to limit coal production and energy consumption

    According to this notice, Zhejiang will control the proportion of coal production, limit the development of high energy-consuming industries and promote development of new energy such as wind, PV and biomass. ( ZJDRC)

    Azure has summarized some of the key data in the graph below:

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    Despite the notice announcing more support for new energy, we are in fact surprised by how small the numbers are for new wind installations. The projections are reasonable in light of historical installations, with average annual installations of 160MW over the past 7 years, but they are not in line with the target of reaching 4GW by 2020 according to the province's 13th 5 year plan, starting from 1.3GW in 1H2018.  We therefore assume that wind targets listed above are not including distributed wind projects nor offshore wind. Zhejiang currently has 252MW of offshore wind under construction and more than 1.2GW already approved.

     

     

    NEA publishes national coal power ultra-low emission and energy saving targets

    2018 National coal power ultra-low emission target: 48,680MW.

    Energy saving transformation target: 53,905MW. (NEA)

    Energy saving target map below:

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    Wind production accounts for more than 5% of national total in 1H2018

    A total of82.9TWh of wind power was produced in China during1H2018 ,accounting for 5.4% of total on-grid power. Wind power trading reached 19.8TWh inluding 9TWh of cross-provincial trading. (CEC)

    1H2018 Wind power market trading diagram

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    Large power generation groupshave participated in wind power transactions in 16 provinces,with the three provinces of Yunnan, Xinjiang and Gansu accounting for more than half. The average transaction pricein these provinces(including production as well ascross-provincialand / or cross-regionaltransmission price s) ranged between 0.37and 0.44 CNY/ kWh.

     

     

    Fujian and Shandong cancel subsidies for distributed PV projects

    Following the“531” < 国家发展改革委财政部国家能源局关于2018年光伏发电有关事项的通知> ( NDRC)policyrealised earlier this year, Shandong & Fujianprovinces are officially cancelling subsidies for newly connected PV project. The final subsidy amount or power tariff depends on the timing of both registration and connection of the project (BJX)

    Fujian distributed PV subsidy breakdown 

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    China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm

    ChinaHuadong Design Instituteis planning to open a groundbreaking 1.1 GW offshore wind farm 90 kilometres from the coast of Jiangsu Province in eastern China.DNV GL announced that it will provide technical support for the feasibility study of China's first flexible high-voltage direct current (VSC HVDC) offshore wind farm converter station.  ( BJX)

    Compared with traditional submarine high voltageAC power transmission(HVAC), VSC HVDC canminimizepowerlossesand is suitable for long distance and large capacity project.

     

     

    NDRC requires power trading companies to carry out shareholding reforms

    According to NDRC document #9 <中共中央国务院关于进一步深化电力体制改革的若干意见> and as part of the power market reform, many new power trading companies have been setup over the past two years. The result however is that most power trading companies are still wholly-owned subsidiaries of the grid company. In this new policy, NDRC now requires that preferably 50% and at least 20% of power trading companies stock be owned by enterprises independent of state grid.  ( NDRC