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Hebei Government approves Xiongan New Area (2018 – 2035) comprehensive plan
The State Council, China’s cabinet, recently approved the comprehensive development plan (2018-2035) for Xiongan New Area, a guideline for developing the region based on international standards with Chinese characteristics. The plan outlines the need to build a green low-carbon city, to optimize energy structures, to build green power supply systems and clean and environmental-friendly heating systems and to promote local renewable energy utilization. (GOV)
Fujian DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms
The Fujian Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has drafted new measures for competitive bidding of offshore wind power projects within the province in an attempt to promote efficient development of offshore wind power and technology, industrial upgrading, as well as market-oriented development. The measures are currently being implemented in a trial period and applied to select projects as detailed below.
Scope of application:
1. Projects approved before 2019 – FIT (0.85CNY/kWh)
2. Projects with determined investment entities and approved after 2018 will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings
3. Projects that have not yet determined investment entities before May 18, 2018 will be required to determine the investment entities and will be subject to competitive on-grid tariffs and development rankings (Fujian DRC)
Fujian Xinghuabay offshore wind project
Looking at Fujian’s new bidding mechanisms for offshore wind farms, it seems that the lack of requirement for developer references but increased requirements for offshore wind turbine suppliers have leveled the playing field for foreign investors. As for on-grid pricing, it seems that the Fujian DRC favors excessive competition over proposed on-grid prices.
Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm II begins construction
On December 26, the commencement ceremony for phase two of the Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Farm was held in Guangdong’s Xuwen County. The project is to have a total installed capacity of 203.5MW with an investment of 3.8 billion CNY. The project plans to deploy 37 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with annual power generation of 484GWh. (Xuwen GOV)
The Yudean Zhenjiang Wailuo Offshore Project was divided into two phases. The first phase of the project oversaw a total installed capacity of 198MW and completed its first offshore wind turbine installation in December 2018.
Xinjiang 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project approved
The Xinjiang Hami 1,200MW pumped hydroelectric energy storage project has been approved by the local DRC. This project is located Northeast of Hami City with a distance of 66km to shore. The project will have a total installed capacity of 1,200MW distributed in four energy storage units of 300MW each. The project will have an investment of 8.2 billion CNY with an annual power generation of 1.4TWh. (XJDRC)
The project involves the construction of two reservoirs. The upper reservoir collects snow from Tian Shan (mountain range) and discharges water into the lower reservoir. The water from the lower reservoir is then pumped into the upper reservoir to generate electricity. Due to the large amount of wind power generated by Hami City at night, the power station can use the unutilized wind power to pump water to the reservoir during the nighttime so that the water can drain in the daytime. (SINJIANGNET)
Yunnan “West to East” electricity capacity to reach 39GW
Following implementation and acceleration of the Kunliulong ±800kV and Lancangjiang 500kV projects, Yunnan’s “West to East Power Transmission” project is also said to speed up construction for completion by 2020 with electricity capacity reaching 39GW. (CEC)
Kunliulong ±800kV project
Since the transmission of electricity to Guangdong and Guangxi in 1993, it has accumulated 800TWh. Yunnan’s installed capacity for power generation jumped from 1.3GW in 1978 to 93.2GW by the end of October 2018. The proportion of clean energy installed by hydropower accounted for more than 82.7%, becoming an important green energy base and power transmission base for the “West to East” project.
China's first 100MW scale solar thermal power station successfully put into operation
The first-class, energy-saving Dunhuang 100MW molten salt tower type solar thermal power generation demonstration project has been successfully put into operation. This project’s total investment is above 3 billion CNY. According to the requirements of the National Energy Administration (NEA) on the grid connection time of the first batch of demonstration projects, the project will have a FIT of 1.15 CNY/kWh. (cnenergynews)