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Wind Power: North China Power Grid Wind Power Utilization Increased Year-over-Year by 21% to 51.2 TWh
The North China Power Grid, a subsidiary of State Grid, announced wind power utilization of 51.2 TWh for the January-October 2015 time period. This figure represents a nearly 21% increase over the prior 2014 time period, thanks in part to record wind production months in April. The grid company claims to have increased utilization rates through a mix of better forecasting, scheduling, using pumped storage, and dispatch strategies. (BJX CN)
An impressive 33% of total installed wind capacity is found in North China China Power Grid’s region. By using proper power grid dispatch strategies, wind curtailment rates can be reduced in the coming years. In order to forecast curtailment rates on future wind farm projects, project developers should model the transmission grid power flow and understand the existing dispatch strategies.
Green Building: MOHURD Published Passive, Ultra-Low Power Green Building Technical Guidelines
The The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) announced it has released technical guidelines for passive, ultra-low power green building residential homes. This guidance aims to help upgrade the construction quality and energy efficiency of residential homes across China. (MOHURD CN)
As China continues to modernize its building stock, pay attention to the changes in materials used. There should be a greater focus on value and quality material, rather than lowest cost components.
Natural Gas: Non-Residential Natural Gas Price Drops by 0.7 RMB per cubic Meter
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced a price drop of 0.7 RMB per cubic meter for non-residential natural gas. There will also be a 20% floating price range for natural gas prices, in order to drive market efficiencies. (SDPC CN)
The intent of the NDRC in lowering gas prices is to promote market-oriented reform. By allowing more competitive pricing for natural gas, the NDRC hopes penetration and utilization rates for gas will increase.
Offshore Wind: China’s First 5MW Offshore Wind Turbine Installed
Putian, Fujian Province is now home to China’s first offshore wind farm using 5MW wind turbines, located in the 50MW Fujian Putian Pinghaiwan Offshore Wind Farm. Ten model XE128-5000 turbines were provided by XEMC for Hunan Electric. Previously, only 5MW prototype turbines have been tested offshore. (China Wind News CN)
As the first of its kind, this 50MW offshore wind farm is part of the China National Energy Association’s 10GW power construction scheme. The construction methods for this project will most likely be shared as best practice guidelines for future large offshore wind installations. This is one of many new offshore wind projects in the project pipeline.
Generation: 7.7GW of Renewable Energy Planned for Xinjiang Autonomous Region
The China National Energy Association has approved plans to build 5.2 GW of wind and 2.5 GW of solar in the the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. This wind power will be transmitted by the Zhungdong-Huadong 1100 kV ultra-high voltage DC transmission line to the Huadong power grid. The transmission line is still awaiting approval. (BJX CN)