• China Cleantech Update April 16, 2018

    News Summary:

    • 7 GB UHV Wind Power Transmission Base will be built in the Xilin Gol League
    • Analysis of UHV energy transmission efficiency
    • Mingyang wins 300MW offshore wind order in Guangdong
    • 303.4 million RMB wind power production equipment purchasing
    • Apple supports renewable energy in China
    • UHV construction to support Smart Cities

     
     
    7 GB UHV Wind Power Transmission Base will be built in the Xilin Gol League

    On March 19, 2018, Xilin Gol DRC announced the construction of a new UHV Wind Power Transmission Base in the Xilin Gol League. The project is aimed at supporting export of power produced in the Xilin Gol League power base which will including 7 GW of wind power. (Xilin Gol League DRC)
     
    The line will connect via lower voltage lines to wind farms in 8 cities, guaranteeing grid offtake and tackling the high wind curtailment problem in North China. This will in turn enable new growth for Xinlin Gol league in which new large wind farms are planned.
     

    Source: North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China

  • China Cleantech Update April 23, 2018

    News Summary:

    • NEA promotes distributed wind
    • 7 MW wind turbines in Putian
    • Three wind projects will expire in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
    • NDRC price reduction measures
    • 2018 Energy consumption analysis
    • Shandong Province 110 key projects

     
     
    The National Energy Administration promotes social capital investment in wind distribution
    National Energy Administration issued the “Interim Management Measures for the Development and Construction of Distributed Wind Power Projects”, valid for the next 5 years. In order to be elligile as "distributed", a wind project must satisfy the following requirements:

    1. Connect to grid at 110 kV or less;
    2. Distributed wind power plants with access voltages of 35 kV and below shall fully utilize existing substations and grid facilities;
    3. Distributed wind power plants with a voltage level of 110 kV (66 kV in the northeast region) can only have one grid connection point and a total capacity within 50 MW.

    All wind power projects that satisfy the requirements will have priority in securing subsidy payments. (NEA)
     
    Currently, centralized (non-distributed) wind projects have to wait in line to be included on the NEA subsidy list, sometimes for many years. The new policy which simplifies the development process and offers bettter guarantees to project owners was greatly awaited by the whole industry, with hopes that it will help boost the installations in coming years, which was greatly expected by small developpers as well.   
     
     
    The first 7 MW wind turbines will be installed in Putian

    On March 26, China Railway Fuchuan Co. won the bid for the installation of 10 sets of 7 MW wind turbines in the “Fujian Pingtan Offshore Wind Farm in Putian”, with a contract of 34 million RMB. (chinanews)
     
    The 7MW machines to be supplied by ShangHai Electric under a license with Siemens are the largest wind turbines in China so far.
     

     

    Source: Fujian Fuchuan Investment Co
     
     

  • Week of February 04, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA publishes 2018 grid-connected wind power report
    • CEC releases national power market analysis and forecast report for 2018-2019
    • NDRC calls for greater promotion and prioritization of renewable energy
    • Local GOV can now independently organize unsubsidized PV generation projects
    • “ZTT 7#” vessel completes Goldwind 6.45MW offshore WTG installation

     

     

    NEA publishes 2018 grid-connected wind power report

    By the end of 2018, China’stotal installed grid-connectedwind powercapacityreached 184.26GW; with a total power generation of 366TWh, wind power made up 5.2% of the total. Wind curtailment rate was 7%, a 5% year-on-year (YOY) decrease. Among regions listed with the highest average wind power utilization hours, Yunnan came first at 2,654hrs, followed by Fujian (2,587hrs), Shanghai (2.489hrs) and Sichuan (2,333hrs). (NEA)

    Map of wind curtailment conditions

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    In 2018, Xinjiang (curtailment rate: 23%, 10.7TWh), Gansu (curtailment rate: 19%, 5.4TWh) and IMAR (curtailment rate: 10%, 7.2TWh) had severe curtailment problems; the three provinces alone made up more than 84% of the country’s total curtailment.

     

     

    CEC releases national power market analysis and forecast report for 2018-2019

    In 2018, national power consumption totaled 6,840TWh, a YOY increase of 8.5%. Based on the country’s current economic situation, however, the outlook for power consumption growth is expected to fall steadily in the coming year, with an estimated growth rate increase of only 5.5%. (CEC)

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    NDRC calls for greater promotion and prioritization of renewable energy

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has requested a review of the management of the priority power generation and preferential power purchase system. The system was established to support the acquisition of clean energy such as wind power and solar power generation, as well as to ensure that clean energy such as nuclear power and large-scale hydropower are fully and safely operated. With the aim of promoting clean energy consumption, green energy development and energy structure optimization in the power industry, the NDRC is now calling for another look at ways to improve the policy system. (NDRC)

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    Local GOV can now independently organize unsubsidized PV generation projects

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has recently revealed the development plan for PV in 2019. Development will be divided into two major parts: PV power generation projects that do not require state subsidies and those that do. Projects that do not require state subsidies will be organized by local organizations on the premise of meeting management requirements such as planning, market environment monitoring and evaluation and implementing conditions such as grid connection. (NEA)

    According to statistics, the average construction cost of wind farms and photovoltaic power plants built in 2017 was 20% and 45% lower than those built in 2012, respectively. (NEA)

     

     

    “ZTT 7#” vessel completes Goldwind 6.45MW offshore WTG installation

    After ZTT (Stock Code 600522.SH) successfully installed the first pile foundation at the 3-Gorges Jiangsu Dafeng 300MW Offshore Wind Power Project site using “MENCK-3500S,” the largest hydraulic pile hammer in China, it also reported that “ZTT 7#,” its offshore installation vessel, successfully installed the first Goldwind 6.45MW offshore wind turbine. (ZTT)

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  • Week of February 18, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NDRC encourages more foreign investment
    • Beijing Olympic Committee and State Grid sign contract for green power supply
    • Jiangsu to eliminate more than 2.8GW of thermal power projects in next two years
    • Shanghai to fund high-end smart equipment projects up to 30 million CNY
    • 2018 report shows Jiangxi wind power generation above 4TWh for 31.35% YOY increase

     

     

    NDRC encourages more foreign investment

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) have released "Industry Directory for the Promotion of Foreign Investment", which is now in its draft stage and open for comments from the public. This notice has two intentions: 1) to revise the current guide for foreign investment industries, which applies to foreign investors and investment projects in various Chinese provinces and 2) to revise the list of advantageous foreign-invested industries in China’s central and western regions. The overall orientation of these revisions is to encourage more foreign investment in a large number of industries and technologiesincluding renewable energy, renewable power generation equipment, key equipment manufacturing and clean power plants. (NDRC)

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    ”Industry Directory for the Promotion of Foreign Investment” actively encourages more foreign investment in modern agriculture, advanced manufacturing, high-tech, modern service industries, etc., giving foreign capital a larger role in the transformation and upgrade of traditional industries, the development of emerging industries and the promotion of a sound economy in China.

     

     

    Beijing Olympic Committee and State Grid sign contract for green power supply

    The Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee and the State Grid Corporation announced that both Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games venues would adopt “Green Power” in an effort to promote the widespread use of green energy in cities such as Beijing and Zhangjiakou in the future. China Huadian signed the contract as a representative of clean energy power generation enterprises (Xinhuanet)

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    Jiangsu to eliminate more than 2.8GW of thermal power projects in next two years

    The Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has stated in a notice that eliminating the backward production capacity of thermal power units is a primary initiative of the power industry, to be carried out by accelerating the transformation of development methods, promoting energy conservation and emission reduction and optimizing the power structure. A total of 72 units of 2.83GW thermal power plants are listed in the notice, with the target timeframe for elimination within two years after the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan”. (Jiangsu DRC)

     

     

    Shanghai to fund high-end smart equipment projects up to 30 million CNY

    The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization (SHEITC) has just launched a special report on Shanghai’s first breakthrough R&D project of high-end smart equipment, which includes offshore wind turbines of 6MW and above and onshore wind turbines of 2-3MW and above. The report states that the project will be funded by SHEITC, in which the allocation offund for each project will not exceed 30% of the amount of the first equipment sales contract. The first international equipment project will receivefunding of 20-30% of the contract amount not exceeding 30 million CNY. (Sheitc)

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    Report shows Jiangxi2018wind power generationexceeds 4TWh, a 31.35% YOY increase

    In the first three years of the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan”, the growth rate of electricity consumption in Jiangxi Province hasincreased stably and is now ranking 9th in the country with an average annual growth rate of 9.54%. In 2018, the province's electricity production and consumption continued to maintain rapid growth, with total consumption reaching 142.877TWh, a YOY increase of 10.42%, and power generation reaching 130.145TWh, a YOY increase of 9.77%. (Jiangxi DRC)

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  • Week of February 25, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA releases 2018 solar power market evaluation results
    • Henan Province stock wind projects reach over 4GW
    • NEA pushes for more auxiliary services in China power market
    • NEA approves two 1,200MW hydro pump station sites in Guizhou
    • China’s total nuclear power generation reaches 286.5TWh in 2018

     

     

    NEA releases 2018 solar power market evaluation results

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released the results of the monitoring and evaluation of market conditions for photovoltaic (PV) power generation in 2018. The results serve as an important basis for promoting continual optimization of PV construction and operation, guiding rational investment and promoting orderly development of the overall PV industry. (NEA)

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    Henan Province stock wind projects reach over 4GW

    Following NEA requirements, the Henan Development and Reform Commission (HenanDRC) has released a list of"stock" wind power projects, which are projects that have not been implemented within the approved period. Among them, 44projects with a total of 2.3GW are centralized windfarms and 105projects with a total of 1.85GW are distributed windfarms. (Henan DRC)

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    NEA pushes for more auxiliary services in China power market

    Before the Spring Festival, the NEA held a press conference in Beijing where it expressed determination to improve auxiliary service compensation mechanisms in China’s power market. Promoting auxiliary services in the power market is seen as an important tool for the NEA’s efforts at deepening reform in the power system.The NEA and various agencies have collaborated on research on power market auxiliary services in 14 Chinese regions, establishing and continuously improving auxiliary service compensation mechanisms in the country. (NEA)

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    NEA approves two 1,200MW hydro pump station sites in Guizhou

    The NEA has approved Guiyang (Xiuwenshichang Dam, 1,200MW) and Weinan (Guidinghuangsi, 1,200MW) as the recommended sites for the pumped storage stations to be built on the Guizhou Power Grid by 2025. It is stressed that successful planning and construction of the stations will require standardization of preliminary work for the project and consideration of the safety of operation of the power grid. (NEA)

     

     

    China’s total nuclear power generation reaches 286.5TWh in 2018

    In 2018,China’s total nuclear power generation reached 286.5TWh, or 4.22% of the country’s total power generation, representing88 million of ton coal equivalent,  and 231 million tons of CO2 emission reduction  (CNEA)

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  • Week of January 14, 2019

    News Summary: 

    • CGN Baolihua Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Project begins construction
    • World’s first ±1100kV UHV DC line to start operation soon
    • Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project begins operating
    • Five State Grid pumped hydro energy storage stations start construction concurrently
    • First turbine of Datang Binhai offshore wind farm successfully connected to grid

     

     

    CGN Baolihua Shanwei Houhu Offshore Wind Project begins construction

    The project is to have a total installed capacity of 500MW with an investment of 8.4 billion CNY. The project plans to deploy 91 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with annual power generation of 1.4TWh. This project aims to be operating before the end of 2021. (Shanwei News)

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    This offshore wind project is co-developed by Baolihua (000690.SZ) and CGN. For more details, please see Azure’s December 24 news publication.

     

     

    World’s first ±1100kV UHVDC linetostart operation soon

    The world’s first ±1100kV UHVDirect Currentproject, extending from Changji (Xinjiang Province) to Guquan (Anhui Province), has entered the final inspection stage.With atotal investmentof 40.7 billion CNY, the UHV line spans across six provinces (Xinjiang,Gansu,Ningxia, Shaanxi, Henan and Anhui) overatotal distance of 3,3293km. Theproject started construction in January 2016; after completion, itis planned to send 66TWh of power to China’s eastern regionsannually. (Xinjiang daily)

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    Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project begins operating

    All 16 energy storage power stations of the Henan Power Grid 100MW Battery Energy Storage Demonstration Project were completed and put into operation. China has taken an important step in the standardization and scaled construction of grid-side distributed energy storage power stations.The construction scale of the project is 100.8MW/125.8 MWh, with a total of 84 battery containers. (CEC)

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    Five State Grid pumped hydro energy storage stations start construction concurrently

    Five pumped hydro energy storage stations, located in Hebei, Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong and Xinjiang, have begun construction concurrently and are set to operate at 6,000MW capacity by 2026. ThePHES stations have a total investment of 38.7 billion CNY. The construction of these stations is conducive to ensuring safe operation of the power grid and facilitatingintegration of other sources ofclean energy. (CEC)

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    First turbine of Datang Binhai offshore wind farm successfully connected to grid

    The first turbine of the Datang Binhai 300MW Offshore Wind Power Project was successfully connected to the grid. This project began construction in July 2018. On December 29, the first turbinecircuit installation and 35kV submarine cable laying work were successfully completed. (BJX)

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  • Week of January 21, 2019

    News Summary:

    • CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration
    • PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030
    • Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results
    • Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating
    • Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

     

    CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently publicized “Development of Offshore Floating Wind Power Equipment,” a proposed research project of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The project is designed to explore the development of high-tech ships and high-power offshore floating wind power by carrying out research on key technologies and overall design of offshore floating wind power equipment, manufacturing, commissioning of mooring systems and applications at sea. (BJX)

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    With the project encompassing efforts to implement the “Made in China 2025” plan, promote the implementation of strategic emerging offshore engineering projects and improve the level of R&D and design of high-performing equipment in China, it is clear that China is looking to increase self-reliance by promoting large-scale domestic production. Currently, few foreign firms have development rights in China, but it is interesting to note that in late 2018 China seemed more open to the idea of using foreign aid to speed up development in deep-sea wind power. This could be due to prospects that the new policy effective January 1, which subjects all large-scale wind farm development to power price competitive bidding, will put a greater emphasis on the need for cost reduction.

     

     

    PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030

    According to China Petroleum News, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and relevant oil and gas enterprises gathered in Beijing on January 9 to discuss PetroChina’s 2019-2030 underground gas storage construction and deployment plan. There, the various parties signed an agreement that delegated responsibilities accordingly, and it was disclosed that PetroChina would expand ten natural gas storage projects and build 23 new ones by 2030. (The Paper)

    From the winter of 2017 to the spring of 2018, tight supply of natural gas in China raised concerns about insufficient domestic gas storage capacity. According to international standards, the working volume of underground gas storage must exceed 12% of consumption if dependence on natural gas reaches or exceeds 30%. In 2017, the country’s natural gas dependence was close to 40%, and in 2018 exceeded 40%, but its gas storage capacity was far from meeting the standards. China’s geological conditions pose the greatest challenge to building large-scale economical and efficient natural gas storage facilities.

     

     

    Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results

    The Shaanxi Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has released the results for the direct electricity trading between centralized heating users in Shaanxi Province during the winter of 2018-2019. On October 26, 2018, the committee organized 16 direct-transmission power generation enterprises, 33 power sales companies and 412 users to participate, resulting in a total electricity turnover of 1.05TWh (0.329TWh in 2018 and 0.676TWh in 2019).Within this number, 0.889TWh is attributed to industrial and commercial users, and 0.107TWh to other industries. The average transaction price for industrial and commercial users was 321.4CNY/MWh, making the average price difference from other industries 23.45CNY/MWh. (Shaanxi DRC)

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    Note that this list of participants is not exhaustive and represents only a small sample from the experiment. We present this table to demonstrate how thermal power plants are still the major players in direct electricity trading.

    As Azure had previously forecasted, while the direct power trading mechanisms introduced over the past few years were initially expected to have a positive impact in helping integrate clean energy, it is more likely that large coal power plants will continue to dominate the market in the beginning. As we can see from this experiment, the majority of direct electricity traded was still coal-generated electricity.

     

     

    Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating

    On January 11, the Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV Direct Current (DC) project, conducted by State Grid Shandong Electric Power, successfully completed 168 hours of trial operation. The UHV DC line passes through Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Henan and Shandong provinces over a total distance of 1,230km at a rated transmission capacity of 10GW. At present, only two UHV lines, in Weinan and Qingzhou, have a full-load transmission capacity as high as 20GW. (BJX)

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

    On December 28, 2018 the Jiangsu DRC approved 24 offshore wind power projects with a total installed capacity of 6,700MW and a total investment of 122.3 billion CNY. (Offshore wind)

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    The news comes right after the NEA’s announcement that projects approved in 2019 will be subject to competitive on-grid price bidding, and can be seen as local governments’ last-ditch attempts to obtain feed-in tariffs (FIT). The FIT price was not stated, so it is unknown whether or not these projects will actually be receiving them.

  • Week of January 28, 2019

    News Summary:

    • 2018 newly installed grid connected wind power exceeds 20GW
    • Tianjin DRC publishes distributed wind plan (2018-2025)
    • 7 billion CNY pumped hydro station begins construction in Zhejiang
    • China’s farthest offshore wind turbine successfully installed
    • Qinghai’s clean energy supply exceeds 10TWh

     

     

    2018 newly installed gridconnectedwind powerexceeds 20GW

    By the end of 2018, China’stotal installed gridconnectedwind powercapacityreached 184.26GW, a 12.4% year-on-year (YOY) increase. The nation’stotal installed gridconnectedPV power reached 174.63GW, a 33.6% YOY increase. On the power consumption side, national power consumption totaled 6,844.9TWh, an 8.5% YOY increase. (NEA)

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    Tianjin DRC publishes distributed wind plan (2018-2025)

    Tianjin’s 2018-2025 distributed wind plan, in combination with the overall city development plan and the current state of implementation of land, power grid and wind resources, reveals that the target for installed capacity of distributed wind power is set to reach 780MW by 2025. (TianjinDRC)

    Tianjin 100m height wind speed distribution map

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    7 billion CNY Pumped hydro station begins construction in Zhejiang

    The Zhejiang Qujiang pumped hydroelectric energy storage station has begun construction.With a design capacity of 1200MW, thePHES stationrepresents a total investment of 7.3 billion CNY. The station has a planned construction periodof 70 months and once completed will havetwice the installed capacityof the two Xin'anjiang hydropower stations that are also scheduled to be completed in 2025. (JJSB)

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    China’s farthest offshore wind turbine successfully installed

    The first large-diameter offshore monopile foundation for wind turbines has been successfully installed in the Jiangsu Dafeng Offshore Wind Power Project. This is the first offshore wind turbine to be located as far as 70km from shore. (BJX)

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    Renewable energyexport from Qinghai during 2018exceeds 10TWh

    During 2018a total of 12,569 TWh of renewable energy was produced inQinghai, of which10.065TWh was exported to other provinces. At present, the installed capacity of Qinghai Province’s grid-connected renewable energy has reached 12.27GW,including 9GWof PV, 2.66GWofwind and 60MWofsolar thermal power.During 2018, the government of Qinghai province has signed framework agreements with neighboring provinces, giving priority to absorption of new energy coming from Qinghai.(State grid paper)

  • Week of March 04, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Shandong “12thFive-Year Plan” wind projects status
    • Hebei abolishes 12 wind projects totaling 631MW
    • SPIC and CGDC sign strategic cooperation agreement
    • State Grid publishes 2018 Social Responsibility Report
    • NDRC approves four coal-mining projects

     

     

    Shandong “12thFive-Year Plan” wind projects status

    Following National Energy Administration (NEA) requirements, the Shandong Energy Bureau reviewed the status of wind power projects since the “12th Five-Year Plan” in various cities:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built withinthe project construction period: 1,7783MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,3349MW
    3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 260MW
    4. Projects that have been approved but have not yet started construction, wherein the project owner promises to continue construction: 6,280MW
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      Shandong energy bureau)

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    Hebei abolishes 12 wind projects totaling 631MW

    Hebei has published the status of wind power projects in the province since the “12thFive-Year Plan” as follows:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have failed to begin construction within the allotted two-year period and did not apply for extension: 286MW
    2. Projects that have been included in the “12thFive-Year Construction Plan” but have not been processed or approved: 195MW
    3. Projects that have been included in the “13thFive-Year Construction Plan” but have not been processed or approved: 150MW
    4. Projects that have been approved but have not begun construction: 4,305MW
      (HBDRC)

     

    SPIC and CGDC sign strategic cooperation agreement

    State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) andChina Energy(CHN ENERGY) have signed an agreement to deepen strategic cooperation in key areas such as technological innovation, renewable energy, nuclear energy utilization, traditional energy, overseas projects and regional asset optimization. (SPIC)

    In 2018, SPIC accounted for 48.92% of all clean energy installation, ranking first among the four major power generation groups. In particular, SPIC’s solar installed capacity reached 15.37GW, remaining the global industry leader.

     

     

    State Grid publishes 2018 Social Responsibility Report

    According to the State Grid 2018 Social Responsibility Report, clean energy inter-provincial transaction volume reached 437.3 TWh, up 7% year-on-year (YOY), accounting for 45.2% of inter-provincial power trading. (SGCC)

     

     

    NDRC approves four coal-mining projects

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved four coal-mining projects in a move to ensure a stable supply of energy, optimize the structure of the coal industry and promote the integration of coal, electricity and heat. The total construction scale of these four projects is 26 million t/a. (NDRC)

  • Week of March 11, 2019

    News Summary: 

     

    • Tianjin DRC releases 2019 onshore wind tariff competition results
    • Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019
    • Jiangsu DRC terminates more than 1.5GW of wind projects
    • More than 8GW of wind projects approved but not yet built in IMAR
    • SPIC and CSIC sign strategic cooperation agreement
    • Construction on Nanjing 130MW/268MWh Battery Storage Power Plant begins

     

     

    Tianjin DRC releases 2019 onshore windtariffcompetition results

    14 onshore wind projects participated in the competitive bid representing a total capacity of 905MW. Developers have committed to on-grid tariffs ranging from 0.44 CNY/KWh to 0.55 CNY/KWh. (Tianjin DRC)

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    This is the second announcement of well-awaited competitive price bidding results in China, following Ningxia's results in December 2018 (see Azure News). Based on its relatively low wind resource, Tianjin is classified as a type IV zone, which up until last year meant an onshore wind FIT of 0.57 CNY/KWh. The results of the competition show developers have committed for on-grid tariffs which are 3% to 22% lower compared to the previous FIT level. The lower end now brings us closer to grid parity, as coal power plants in Tianjin sell electricity for 0.36 CNY/kWh. What remains unclear is the consequence of this bidding: results will determine the rank of each project on the Tianjin construction plan but we yet have to find out how many projects can get on the plan in total, and what happens if a project fails to get on the list several years in a row. Given that Tianjin is a "green zone" with no curtailment, the local DRC can decide of the construction plan without approval from central government.

     

    Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019

    The Government Work Report of the second meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress revealed the 2019 goals of reinforcing power marketization reform, refining add-on pricing for electricity and reducing the cost of electricity consumption in manufacturing. It was also revealed that the average electricity price for commercial consumption would be reduced by 10% in 2019. (GOV)

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    According to a State Grid report, the electricity price burdenof the commercial sector was reducedby 79.2 billion CNY last year, a decrease of 12.4%,therefore achieving the target of reducing average industrial and commercial electricity price by 10% in 2018.

     

     

    Jiangsu DRCterminates more than 1.5GW of wind projects

    Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Jiangsu DRC released the list of wind projects that are being terminated totaling 1,564.5MW, of which two are offshore:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 144MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 245.5MW
    3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,175MW
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      Jiangsu DRC)

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    In this document, it was also mentioned that in Jiangsu there are 1,846MW of wind projects that have been approved but have not yet started construction.

    The two aforementioned terminated offshore wind projects are:

    1. Datang Dafeng 100MW - incorporated into the annual construction plan during the "12th Five-Year Plan" period, but failed to be completed as required
    2. Sinohydro Rudong C1# 76MW - incorporated into the annual construction plan during the "13th Five-Year Plan" period, but failed to be completed as required

     

     

    More than 8GW of wind projects approved but not yet built in IMAR

    In Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), more than 8GW of wind projects have been approved but have not yet started construction, while another 1,718.5MW have been terminated by IMAR DRC.

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 1,518.5MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 200MW

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    SPIC and CSIC sign strategic cooperation agreement

    State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement under which the two parties will carry out extensive cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, wind power, solar and hydro energy. (SPIC)

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    Construction on Nanjing 130MW/268MWh Battery Storage Power Plant begins

    The Nanjing Battery Storage Power Plant, which began construction in Jiangbei New District on March 6, will be the largest grid energy storage station in China.(Jiangsu China)

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  • Week of March 18, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA releases 2018 wind power market evaluation results
    • Jilin adjusts “13th Five-Year Plan” energy development targets
    • Guangdong DRC terminates more than 2GW of wind projects
    • Shouhang Resources Saving Company 100MW photothermal power station on-grid price set to 1.15CNY/kWh
    • Henan to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in 2019

     

    NEA releases 2018 wind power market evaluation results

    The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released the results of the monitoring and evaluation of market conditions for wind power generation in 2018. The results serve as an important basis for promoting continual optimization of wind construction and operation, guiding rational investment and promoting orderly development of the overall wind industry. (NEA)

    l In the "red regions", wind development and construction has been halted (including already approved projects for which construction is suspended)

    l Inthe "orangeregions", construction of new wind projectshas been terminated (No new construction projects have been reported for 2019)

    l Inthe "greenregions" construction is being carried out normally

    While the map below shows color codes on a provincial basis, some cities are treated differently, including Zhangjiakou, Chengde, Xinzhou, Suzhou, Datong and Yulin in Hebei, Shanxi and Shaanxi which are all considered as orange zones despite being in green provinces.

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    Jilin adjusts its “13th Five-Year Plan” energy development targets

    According to the new “13th Five-Year Plan”, Jilin’s total installed capacity is set to reach 41.9GW in 2020, an increased of 3.41GW from the previous draft of the “13th Five-Year Plan”.

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    Map of 2018 wind curtailment conditions

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    Guangdong DRCterminates more than 2GW of wind projects

    Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Guangdong DRC released the list of wind projects that are being terminated totaling 2,008MW, of which two are offshore:

    1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 187MW
    2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,434MW
    3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 388MW

    (Guangdong DRC)

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    Shouhang Resources Saving Company 100MW photo-thermal power station on-grid price set to 1.15CNY/kWh

    Shouhang Resources Saving Company and State Grid Gansu Provincial Electric Power Company have signed a contract for the purchase and sale of a 100MW photo-thermal power station. Approved by the government price department and in accordance with its regulations, the on-grid price of the CSP (concentrated solar power) project is tentatively set to 1.15CNY/kWh. (Sina finance)

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    Henan to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in 2019

    The Implementation Plan of Atmospheric Pollution Prevention and Control in Henan Province has been released to strengthen the control of total coal consumption. The plan aims to contain the total coal consumption in the province at around 210 million tons in 2019, down about 5% year-on-year (YOY). It also aims to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in Henan in 2019, and accelerate the development of wind power by promoting the construction of four 1000MW wind power bases. (Henan commerce)

    Henan 70m-height 30-year average wind speed distribution map

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  • Week of March 26, 2019

    News Summary:

    • Newly installed solar capacity totals 44.26GW in 2018, a 34% YOY increase
    • NEA releases national power industry statistics for January and February
    • SPIC 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results released
    • New rules place time pressure on wind and solar projects to obtain power generation licenses
    • Zhejiang completes first offshore wind project

     

     

    Newly installed solar capacity totals 44.26GWin 2018, a34% YOY increase

    By the end of 2018, China’s solar installed capacity totaled over 174.46GW. With 44.26GW of newly installed capacity, the country saw a 34% year-on-year (YOY) increase. For centralized solar, total installed capacity reached 123.84GW, of which 23.3GW were newly installed. For distributed solar, total installed capacity reached 50.61GW, of which 20.96GW were newly installed. (NEA)

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    NEA releases national power industry statistics for Januaryand February

    From January to February 2019, national power consumption reached 1,106.3TWh, a two-month cumulative increase of 4.5%. Among the total amount, 11TWh of electricity was consumed by the agricultural sector, 705.9TWh by industrial, 199.4TWh by service and 189.9TWh by residential. As for newly installed power generation capacity, hydro totaled 270MW, thermal 5,480MW, nuclear 1,250MW and wind 1,410MW. (NEA)

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    SPIC 6GWsubsidy freeonshore wind project WTG bidding results released

    The bidding process for the first phase of the 6GW demonstration project of Wulanchabu Wind Power Base in Inner Mongolia, the largest single onshore wind farm in the world,and also the first subsidy free onshore wind farm in China,was closed on March 15. A total of 14 wind turbine manufacturers successfully completed the bidding, including 11 domestic and 3 foreign companies.

    The 5 tenders are for subprojects:
    a) No.1 of Xingfu wind farm and No.4 of Dabanliang (1,400MW)
    b) No.2 of Xingfu wind farm and No.2 of Dabanliang (1,300MW)
    c) No.1 and No.3 of Dabanliang (900MW)
    d) No.1 and No.2 of Hongerge (1,300MW)
    e) No.3 and No.4 of Hongerge (1,100MW)

    (News QQ)

    Note: Price includes quotation of operation, maintenance and quality insurance fees from the 6th to the 20th

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    New rules place time pressure on wind and solar projects to obtain power generation licenses

    The North China Energy Regulatory Bureau has released a notice of specifications for the new trial operation period of wind and solar power generation projects. The notice states that projects should complete the trial operation of all units within 60 days after the first generator is in place or after the first wholesale electric unit is connected to the grid, following the timeline specified in the document Circular No.351. The notice also states that power plants that do not obtain electricity business licenses on time and wind and solar power generation enterprises that fail to obtain certificates on time will not be allowed on-grid. (North China Energy Regulatory Bureau)

     

     

    Zhejiang completes first offshore wind project

    The Zhejiang Zhoushan Putuo 6# offshore wind farm was completed on March 19.With 63 units of 4.0MW offshore wind turbines, the project has a total installed capacity of 252MW. Built by CCCC Third Company, it is the first large-scale offshore wind project in Zhejiang Province. The project was completed in 27 months, beginning withpiling ofthe firstfoundation on December 18, 2016. (CNNB)

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