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Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


China Got Over 1/4 of Its Electricity from Clean Energy in 2010

January 18th, 2011 by  

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.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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