Coal Plants Toppling in China

May 2, 2014

Question is, are they just removing the most visible installations, and moving the coal generation to rural areas?

Sydney Morning Herald:

China added nearly 40 per cent less coal- and gas-fired power capacity in the first quarter than it did a year ago mainly due to stronger pollution controls and slower economic growth, a senior government advisor said on Wednesday.

China, the biggest global emitter of gases that cause climate change and plagued by air quality that causes half a million deaths a year, consumes nearly half the world’s coal.

But recent data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) showed that newly installed coal and gas power capacity in China fell 38.9 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, a sign that the share of fossil fuels in the energy mix are slowly coming down.

New renewable energy and nuclear capacity grew in the same period. Since the beginning of last year, non-fossil fuels have accounted for nearly 60 per cent of new power capacity.

“The reduction in coal-fired capacity is due to the economic slowdown,” Li Junfeng, director general at government think-tank the National Center of Climate Change Strategy, told Reuters.

“But the reduction is also a result of the crackdown on air pollution,” Li told Reuters.

 

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5 Responses to “Coal Plants Toppling in China”


  1. […] Question is, are they just removing the most visible installations, and moving the coal generation to rural areas? Sydney Morning Herald: China added nearly 40 per cent less coal- and gas-fired pow…  […]

  2. andrewfez Says:

    So I’m working on 2 hours of sleep, and having also just worked 11 hours i might be looking at this wrong but it occurs to me that adding 0.611 units (1 – 0.389) of 1st quarter fossil energy is still stupendous growth.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Bad news for BP, Total, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Portugal’s Partex.

    U.A.E are sharing their remaining 90+ years of considerable reserve of oil with China, I wonder if it is been hurried up by China worrying about Russia’s position (with it’s Ukraine problems).

    Smart move by the Emiratis – investing in renewable and nuclear energy for their own domestic market, while maintaining exports of fossil fuel.

    http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/132807/China_Secures_Abu_Dhabi_Oil_Field_Deal?rss=true


    • No kidding.  As Robert Rapier has noted several times, if the USA had the same per-capita petroleum consumption as Brazil, we’d still be a net exporter (which we stopped being way back in 1949).  Replacing our motor fuel consumption with electricity would wipe out US imports and leave a surplus.


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