The Chinese National Energy Administration suspends 104 coal plants planned and under construction with a total capacity of 120GW. In total, China wants to reduce 800 million tons of coal capacity annually, to comply with its Plan to develop the energy sector in China by 2020.
Coal plants go down
The Chinese government is taking dramatic steps to meet the coal capacity goal set out in its latest Five-Year Plan, Zachary Davies Boren says in a post posted on Greenpeace’s EnergyDesk blog. One of them is this, the suspension of 104 coal plants in 13 Chinese provinces for a total capacity of 120GW. Of the total, about 54GW correspond to projects already under construction.
We already reported last week that China wants to reduce 800 million tons of coal capacity a year to meet its Plan to develop the energy sector in China by 2020, by which it also plans to invest 342 billion euro in renewable energies.
Reducing 800 million tons of coal annually
Its strategy for 2020 is to increase the proportion of “non-fossil fuels” by more than 15% and natural gas by 10%. If this is accomplished, in total, the increase in non-fossil fuels and natural gas will account for more than 68 percent of the total energy consumption increase expected.
It will also increase the use of cleaner coal by 500 million tons. And it should be recalled that China has 35 nuclear reactors in operation and 21 under construction according to information from the World Nuclear Association on its website, which claims that China plans to “double nuclear capacity to at least 58 GWe by 2020-2, then up to 150 GWe for 2030 and much more for 2050 “.
China’s wind and solar potential
In 2015 China installed as much wind power as Spain in its entire history. According to data from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), China obtained 30 GW of new wind power only in 2015, a figure that largely exceeds the 22,988 MW of installed capacity in Spain to date. And the rest of the world is also witnessing a new record, last year 63 GW of new capacity were added.
As far as the solar energy, China is not far behind: in 2016 it was one of the world´s largest solar generators. Now, with the new plan, it is committed to multiply by five its solar energy capacity. This would be equivalent to installing about 1,000 large solar power plants.