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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

 


 
Hydro: First 1GW+ Hydropower Plant Approved in Tibet
The first 1GW+ size hydropower plant in the Tibet region has been approved, and construction is planned to start this year. The Suwalong hydropower station, with a total installed capacity of 1.2GW, will be fully operational in 2021. Total investments are forecast to be 18 billion RMB, with total annual power generation of 5.5 TWh. (Tibet News CN)
 
Currently, Tibet has a total installed capacity of 400MW thermal, 1.4GW hydro, 10MW wind, and 170MW solar. The new Suwalong hydropower station will increase installed capacity by 40% in the region. 
 
Suwalong Hydropower Station Drawing

Source: CHD JS 
 
 

Wind: Hebei Province Zhangjiakou City 
The Hebei provincial government approved the third phase of the Zhangjiakou city wind power base. Total planned capacity is 6.8GW, with 4.2GW grid-connected before the end of 2018, and 2.6GW connected after 2018. The JingJinTang region, a mix of Beijing, Tianjin, and Tangshan, plans to consume 15% of its electricity demand with renewable sources by the end of 2017. (BJX CN)
 
 
 
Policy: NDRC Approves Xinjiang Pilot Project for Direct Electricity Sales
The NDRC approved a pilot project for direct electricity sales for the entire region. Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp will be responsible for the pilot project, where power deals can be struck directly between generators and consumers. Specific rules have not been released yet. Xinjiang is the third province to implement pilot projects on direct electricity sales, behind Chongqing and Guangdong. (SDPC CN)


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