Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan13
China Got Over 1/4 of Its Electricity from Clean Energy in 2010
January 18th, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
Yes, 26.53% of electricity generated in China in 2010 was from clean energy according to a new report out by the China Electricity Council (CEC).
Total installed power capacity increased 10.07% to 962 GW in 2010 and electricity consumption grew 14.56%, reaching over 4.19 trillion kWh. The portion of that provided by clean energy grew by about 1%.
Hydropower provided a huge portion of China’s electricity, 213.4 GW (up from 196 GW in 2009). Wind power increased a ton, almost doubling and reaching 31.07 GW. Nuclear power increased a little from 9 GW to 10.82 GW.
Reportedly, due to its clean energy increases and its interest in reducing its carbon emissions, China shut down a number of fossil-fuel power plants. In total, output from such plants was cut about 11 GW.
By 2015, China is hoping to have about 1/3 of its power capacity coming from clean energy sources, even with the goal of increasing total capacity to 1440 GW.
Photo Credit: Steve Webel