Thursday, April 29, 2021

China's Electricity Derived From Thermal (coal, oil, etc) Up 21.1% Q1 2021 vs. Q1 2020

One of our sources said the growth in thermal plant capacity* (not production) in 2020 was 38.4 gigawatts. This is the equivalent of  adding a large (1,000 megawatt) coal plant every nine days. Every nine days.

Continuing that trend, coal plant capacity additions just in the first quarter of 2021 were 10,600 megawatts.

And from China Energy Portal, the Q1 totals and breakdowns: 

2021 Q1 electricity & other energy statistics

Published on: April 22, 2021

Original title: 2020年1-3月全国电力工业统计数据一览表
Links: Source document (in Chinese) (link). Same statistics for (Q1 2020) (Q1 2019) (Q1 2018) (Q1 2017) (Q1 2016) (Q1 2015) (Q1 2014) (Q1 2013) (Q1 2012) (Q1 2011) (Q1 2010) (Q1 2009).

[*:'Thermal' power generation includes coal, gas, oil, and biomass. Note wind and solar stats taken from NBS, as the CEC's stats of current edition exclude these]


See also March 18's "China Energy Stats and Policy

*"China's new coal power plant capacity in 2020 more than three times rest of world's" 

China Does Not Plan To Stop Burning Coal 

"China generated 53% of the world’s total coal-fired power in 2020"