Renewable energies in China accounted for 38.3% of total energy capacity in 2018, with an increase of 1.7% year on year, according to information published by the official newspaper China Daily, and shared by EFEVerde. The installed capacity of renewable energies reached 728,000MW in 2018, which represented an annual growth of 12%, according to data from the National Energy Administration (NEA).
According to data from China Daily, the type of power plants that most increased their installed capacity were the photovoltaic power plants, with an increase of 34%; biomass (20.7%); wind energy (12.4%); and hydroelectric plants, whose capacity increased by 2.5%.
Likewise, the NEA reported that renewable energies generated 1.87 billion kilowatt-hours in 2018, which constituted 26.7% of the total energy production of the Asian giant, a percentage increase of 0.2% year on year.
Regulation for the consumption of renewable energy
For the deputy director of the Department of Energy of the NEA, Li Chuangjun, the increase of renewables in the energy mix is the result of the actions put in place by the administration to boost the sector: “Since the Government introduced regulations for the consumption of renewable energy, the sector has improved its capacity and optimized its operations, so that the utilization rate of renewables has grown significantly “.
In this sense, the information in the official Chinese newspaper recalls that the State Council, the Chinese Executive, approved in early 2017 to invest 365,000 million dollars (345,000 million euros) in renewable energy projects within a new plan to fight pollution. This investment aims to contribute to the reform of the country’s energy production model before 2020, by saving energy and reducing polluting emissions.