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China Thermal Power Up 2.4% Last Year

January 28, 2020

By Paul Homewood


Provisional figures from the China Energy Portal indicate that thermal generation continues to rise in China, albeit at a slower rate then the last few years:




As I noted in November, there are three factors behind the slower rise in thermal (which is almost certainly predominantly coal-fired):

  • Overall demand for electricity has increased at a much slower rate in 2019 – 4.7% against 8.4% in 2019. This reflects the dramatic slowdown in Chinese economic growth.
  • New nuclear capacity has been added in the last two years.
  • Better hydro generation, presumably due to wetter weather.

Significantly, thermal generating capacity has continued to grow in 2019, by 4.1%. Just as significant is the dramatic slowdown in new solar power capacity being added. In 2018, 45GW was added, but this dropped to 26GW last year, following the restriction of subsidies.

New wind capacity increased marginally in 2019, from 21GW in 2018 to 25GW.

  1. January 28, 2020 3:23 pm

    Meanwhile Chasing the Green-Hydrogen dream
    ITM Power announces it’s biggest ever loss
    Since starting in 2011 the corp has never made a profit and most of its income come from grants.
    Its spending grows as its plans get grandiose.
    By rights it should be bankrupt, but investors keep shoving new money in, as they chase the dream.
    Most outsiders just assume it’s dead easy and cheep yo make hydrogen from electrolysis.–7050544.html

    • January 28, 2020 3:23 pm

      based in Sheffield

      • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
        January 28, 2020 4:26 pm

        Maybe the news is that German chemicals giant Linde is accumulating ownership in a shell of a company that will see a new home in Sheffield. Or maybe Linde just wants Hydrogen.

      • January 29, 2020 6:26 pm

        Obviously they claim that is the news
        Linde would love a breakthrough that makes electrolysis economic
        but hasn’t happened yet
        just massive losses.

  2. markl permalink
    January 28, 2020 4:22 pm

    I do not believe any data produced by China.

    • Phillip Bratby permalink
      January 28, 2020 4:51 pm

      Figures from the Chinese government need to be taken with a lorry load of salt.

  3. Michael Adams permalink
    January 28, 2020 4:40 pm

    What happened to “Attenborough’s Arctic Betrayal” from yesterday? Sent it back to stiffen it up?

    • Michael Adams permalink
      January 28, 2020 4:46 pm

      I must be going blind. Apologises, its still there.

  4. January 28, 2020 5:20 pm

    That’s a lot of ‘thermal’. Where are the whiny activists to draw attention to this scandal?

  5. Adam Gallon permalink
    January 28, 2020 5:36 pm

    Whoop, whoop! “China increased its solar energy production by 26.5%”
    That’s the bestest in the whole world!
    See, they’re doing everything to halt the Climate Emergency, when the nasty USA & UK do nothing!”

  6. Terry Breverton permalink
    January 28, 2020 5:55 pm

    Hi Paul – wonderful job you’re doing. I’ve been friends with all the anti-wind people for years – Ioan Gruffudd, Lyn Jenkins, Robert Watts, Anthony Bright Paul, Dave Haskell, etc., and have written over 60 books, published in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, German etc., etc/, and in every English-speaking country. For years I’ve been accumulating stuff, and am starting a book to some extent showing how the costs are astronomical to meet targets for no purpose. I’m hoping to get a big USA publisher – and I reckon I will – one of my publishers, Quercus is part of Hachette, one of the big 4 English lang publishers. Anyway, recently I saw something somewhere, in the last two weeks, about the % of carbon in the atmosphere never being able to go above a certain %. Ring any bells? Of course I will be trawling your excellent site and attributing anything and if I make any money, I’ll certainly throw some reasonable funding your way. Best, Ter

    Sent from Outlook


  7. Terry Breverton permalink
    January 28, 2020 6:04 pm

    A major key is to get major publishers involved, so much of our work is in blogs and self published and small publishers. PPS Ban the BBC!

    Sent from Outlook


  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 28, 2020 6:40 pm

    It’s no surprise that the Citizen Assembly is being fed total BS by extremely ignorant/dishonest ‘experts’. Specific to this thread see approx. 17:45 Joanna Haigh on China LOL.

    • January 29, 2020 9:51 am

      Thanks for that very revealing video, Mr GN. I decided not to watch it all as I would likely grind my teeth to dust in frustration. As you point out, what a load of codswallop! From the use of the term “denier” onwards, it’s a travesty of the truth. It is utterly shocking that our government allows this totally unbalanced charade to take place.

  9. Thomas Carr permalink
    January 28, 2020 10:39 pm

    Hydro power is not just vulnerable to rainfall variations. The capacity of water storage behind the dams is compromised by the amount of sedimentation occurring in the ‘lakes’. The greater the erosion up stream the shorter the productive life of the generators. This is recognised by the Chinese and the Americans.

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