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China Electricity Stats For 2017

February 16, 2018

By Paul Homewood


We now have provisional electricity statistics from China last year, via the China Energy Portal.

These two graphs sum matters up perfectly:





Thermal output has increased by 209 Twh, with much smaller increases in wind and solar. It is clear that renewables cannot alone keep up with increasing demand in China.

Although the China Electricity Council, where the data comes from, don’t split thermal into coal and gas, it still dominates, accounting for 70% of generation.

Solar and wind only supply 6.6%, up from 5.1% in 2016.

It seems likely that renewables will continue to increase their share of electricity generation in the next few years. But if demand continues to grow, it is also highly probable that thermal generation will also increase in absolute terms.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    February 16, 2018 11:20 am

    What a surprise!

    The greenies continually banged-on about all the extra solar panels & wind turbines the Chinese installed.

  2. February 16, 2018 11:36 am

    I thought the Greenblob were saying that China was leading the world in tackling “Climate Change”. After Paris, that is.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 16, 2018 5:01 pm

      …After 2030, that is….maybe….perhaps….depends….

  3. February 16, 2018 1:33 pm

    To avoid grid instability the % level of wind and solar in the system should be kept strictly under control.

  4. markl permalink
    February 16, 2018 5:03 pm

    Despite all the shouting, arm waving, and money invested solar and wind are an insignificant part or energy generation….. and I don’t believe even those figures.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    February 16, 2018 6:23 pm

    I don’t believe these figures for one minute, wind at 63.7 TWh, do give over.

  6. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 17, 2018 12:44 am

    The increase in thermal output at 209TWh is similar to the total power consumption of Australia.

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