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News Summary:

  • NEA releases 2019 solar subsidy competition results
  • Zhejiang reduces on-grid price of thermal power
  • Shenergy Shanghai Lingang Offshore Wind Farm Phase I begins operating
  • Yunnan sends hydropower to Hainan for first time in history
  • World's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station begins operating in Huludao, Liaoning

 

 

NEA releases 2019 solar subsidy competition results

In a notice released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) it was revealed that a total of 3,921 projects were included in the 2019 nationwide subsidy bidding. This year, the aggregate installed capacity of the projects reaches 22.79GW, which includes 366 centralized solar power plants with installed capacity of 18.12GW, and 3,555 industrial and commercial distributed solar power generation projects with total installed capacity of 4.7GW. (NEA)

Distribution of solar projects participating in 2019 subsidy competitive bidding

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Zhejiang reduces on-grid price of thermal power

After review by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a reduction of the VAT rate to 13% for the power industry has been reported to and approved by the Zhejiang provincial government. Corresponding adjustments to the on-grid tariffs of some power plants in the province are as follows:

  1. The on-grid price for coal-fired units will be reduced by 0.0107CNY/kWh
  2. The on-grid price for the Three Gorges hydro plant will be reduced to 0.2783 CNY/kWh and the on-grid price for the Xiluodu hydro plant will be reduced to 0.3005 CNY/kWh
    (
    ZJDPC)

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Shenergy Shanghai Lingang Offshore Wind Farm Phase I begins operating

Earlier this week, Phase I of the Shenergy Shanghai Lingang offshore wind farm had begun operating with a total installed capacity of 112MW, composed of 25 4MW wind turbines and two 6MW test prototypes. The total static investment of this project amounts to 1.72 billion CNY, and it is estimated that the annual on-grid power output will be approximately 267.2GWh. (Epaper)

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Yunnan sends hydropower to Hainan for first time in history

In June, for the first time in history, electricity was transmitted through alternating current submarine cables from Yunnan Province to Hainan Province, enabling power transmission from the mainland to the island. Called "Hainan Networking 500kV II,” it is China’s second 500kV ultra-high voltage, long-distance, large-capacity underwater grid project. Spanning from the 500kV Gangcheng Substation in Zhanjiang to the 500kV Fushan Substation in Chengmai, 172GWh of power was transmitted between the two regions.(Ifeng)

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World's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station begins operating in Huludao, Liaoning

The world's first bus equipped with a low-pressure alloy hydrogen storage system was unveiled in Huludao, Liaoning last Monday, along with the world's first low-pressure hydrogen refueling station, which has been completed and officially put into demonstration in Huludao’s Hsingcheng Economic Development Zone. Experts claim that this technology can meet the needs of today's cars with its capability to charge 15.4kg of hydrogen in 20 minutes with a charging pressure of only 5.0Mpa and a battery life of more than 300km. (btnxm)

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News Summary:

  • NDRC, NEA, MOST and MIIT release 2019-2020 energy storage action plan
  • Shandong DRC releases new renewables FIT
  • Shaanxi DRC oversees competitive bidding for 1.33GW of solar projects
  • CNOOC makes a return to offshore wind with new subsidiary
  • Jilin announces Baicheng “Northern Hydrogen Valley” Project

 

 

NDRC, NEA, MOST and MIIT release 2019-2020 energy storage action plan

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), National Energy Administration (NEA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) jointly released the 2019-2020 energy storage action plan last Tuesday. As part of the plan, the "Guiding Opinions on Promoting Energy Storage Technology and Industrial Development" will be used to further promote the proper development of China's energy storage technology and industry, and to support the construction of clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy systems as well as high-quality energy development. (GOV)

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Picture source: (jxjykj)

 

 

Shandong DRC releases new renewables FIT

The Shandong DRC and Shandong State Grid have released a notice on improving policy regarding photovoltaic (PV) and wind on-grid prices. The notice stipulates the new FIT rates for subsidized projects for centralized and distributed PV, onshore and offshore wind, as shown in the chart below:

(Shandong DRC)

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Shaanxi DRC oversees competitive bidding for 1.33GW of solar projects

The Shaanxi DRC has determined that the total capacity of the 75 solar projects participating in the 2019 solar power generation national subsidy competition will be 1.33GW. (Shaanxi DRC)

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CNOOC makes a return to offshore wind with new subsidiary

Rongfeng Wind Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), was officially established in Shanghai’s Lingang Ocean High-tech Park on July 2, signaling CNOOC’s return to the offshore wind power sector. According to information released during the unveiling ceremony, the company’s first offshore project was officially launched on April 30 and is planned to realize full-scale grid-connected power generation next year with an installed capacity of 300MW. (Thepaper)

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Jilin announces Baicheng “Northern Hydrogen Valley” Project

Jilin Province recently released the "Baicheng New Energy and Hydrogen Energy Industry Development Plan," which lays out the goals of reaching 20GW of wind power installed capacity and 15GW of PV power installed capacity by 2035. The plan also states that the annual production capacity of hydrogen will reach one million tons with an output of nearly 200 billion CNY, as the province works toward forming a regional new energy and hydrogen energy industrial cluster with international prowess. (JJRB)

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Picture source: UNIST

News Summary:

  • MoF approves CNY 81 billion budget for renewables subsidies
  • Zhangjiakou releases hydrogen energy construction plan (2019-2035)
  • Guangdong DRC releases 2019 wind and solar construction plan
  • CSIC Haizhuang Zhuanghe 300MW offshore wind farm II begins construction
  • Qinghai completes 360 hours of clean energy supply

 

 

MoF approves 81 billion CNY budget for renewables subsidies

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has announced the 2019 budget for the renewable energy subsidy fund, in which it was determined that subsidies will go out to wind, solar, biomass and public renewables systems. The financial authority also stressed to prioritize projects that more directly involve improving people's livelihoods, such as photovoltaic (PV) poverty alleviation projects and distributed solar PV projects, as well as independent public renewable energy power systems. (MoF)

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Subsidy distribution by province

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Zhangjiakou releases hydrogen energy construction plan (2019-2035)

A meeting was held amongst several city officials, deputy representatives and scientists detailing plans to transform Zhangjiakou into an internationally renowned hydrogen energy capital by 2035. The plan specifies that the city’s cumulative output of hydrogen energy and related industries will reach 170 billion CNY, and annual hydrogen production capacity will reach 50,000 tons. As part of the plan, more than 100 enterprises will be introduced into the city’s hydrogen energy industrial park.

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Zhangjiakou was specifically chosen to build the industrial park due to its advance in renewable energy development. Data shows that the city has potential for more than 40GW wind energy, 30GW PV and 2 million tons annual biomass production. In fact, at present the total installed capacity of wind and solar energy in Zhangjiakou is 13.5W (of which 12.8GW are on-grid), which accounts for 74.2% of all power installed capacity in the city. (zjkgdcs)

 

Guangdong DRC releases 2019 wind and solar construction plan

The Guangdong DRC has released a 2019 wind and solar power generation construction notice containing the following points

  • There will be no new construction scale for centralized onshore wind
  • There will be active promotion for the construction of distributed onshore wind projects
  • Offshore wind projects approved before the end of 2017 should aim to operate before the end of 2020
  • Offshore wind projects approved before the end of 2018 should aim to operate before the end of 2021
  • Solar power generation projects will be required to participate in competitive bidding

(Guangdong DRC)

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CSIC Haizhuang Zhuanghe 300MW offshore wind farm II begins construction

The Zhuanghe II offshore wind farm, located about 11km east of Shicheng Island in the Zhuanghe Sea Area of Dalian City, Liaoning Province, has an area of 59.4km2 and a sea area of nearly 48km2. The current installed capacity of the wind farm is 300MW, though it has plans to further install 60 H171—5.0MW wind turbines. The total investment for the project is approximately 5.1 billion CNY, while it is expected to generate 660 million CNY in revenue once completed, at which point annual power generation will be about 773.07 million kWh representing 2580 full load hours. (DLZH GOV)

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Zhuanghe City has built clean energy production and equipment manufacturing into a new leading industry with an investment of over 10 billion CNY. At present, the National Electric Power Investment Yongji Reservoir 100MW PV power generation project has been completed and put into operation, part of the Three Gorges New Energy 300MW offshore wind power project is connected to the grid, and nearly 600 of Zhuanghe City's total 6MW roof-connected distributed PV power generation project development and construction clean energy generation capacity have accumulated to 182 MW.

 

 

Qinghai completes 360 hours of clean energy supply

China’s Northwestern province Qinghai has completed 360 hours of continuous clean energy supply from 0:00 on June 9 to 24:00 on June 23.During what is referred to as “15 Days of Green Power,” Qinghai Power Grid reported a maximum power consumption of 8.47GW while the province's electricity consumption totaled 2.839TWh. In this 15-day period, cumulative power generation reached 3.978TWh, of which hydro accounted for 2.93TWh, PV accounted for 643GWh, wind accounted for 341GWh and thermal accounted for 71GWh. (Qinghai GOV)

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News Summary:

  • NEA releases notice on 2019 wind and solar power generation construction
  • NDRC releases revised T&D price cost supervision and examination methods
  • Xiong'an New District battery storage station research has been tendered
  • Zhejiang lauches power spot market simulation test run

 

 

NEA releases notice on 2019 wind and solar power generation construction

The notice puts forward four general intentions regarding the construction of wind power and photovoltaic power generation projects in 2019:

  1. Promote the construction and development of subsidy-free projects.
  2. Strictly regulate the competitive allocation of project subsidies. Projects that require state subsidies must be selected through strict and standardized competitive allocation methods.
  3. Fully implement the conditions for power transmission and consumption, giving priority to the supply and consumption of electricity from subsidy-free projects.
  4. Optimize investment, build a comprehensive business environment and implement non-technical cost reductions such as land use.

(NEA)

In addition, according to the requirements of this notice, there must be a subsidy capacity for onshore wind projects in 2019.

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The document also describes that for offshore wind projects to benefit from FIT subsidies, they must connect to the grid before the end of 2021 and therefore must be included in provincial construction plans by 2020.

 

 

NDRC releases revised T&D price cost supervision and examination methods

The new measures have been revised on the basis of combining the reform of the power system, drawing on and absorbing the experience of foreign transmission and distribution supervision, and summarizing the results from the pilot of the first round of transmission and distribution cost supervision and examination. The measures have the following main characteristics:

  1. Strengthening cost supervision and examination constraints and incentives, and implementing cost cap control on part of the transmission and distribution cost projects of grid companies.
  2. Refining the cost supervision and examination method by identifying items that are not included in the cost of transmission and distribution.
  3. Standardizing the requirements for cost supervision procedures.

(NDRC)

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Xiong'an New District battery storage station research has been tendered

Each district, county and small town in the region will be equipped with one battery storage power station, each with a scale of about 10MW/40MWh to reach an overall scale of about 500MW/2000MWh. The battery energy storage stations will be mainly used as for peak-adjusting and frequency regulation. The centralized plants will use decommissioned batteries from local and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region electric vehicles. During the off-peak period, surplus wind power from Inner Mongolia and Zhangbei areas are utilized. While power generation peaks are used to generate electricity, the battery storage power station will provide emergency backup and other services. (BJX)

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Zhejiang begins power spot market simulation test run

A simulation and testing of the Zhejiang Electric Power Spot Market has just been launched. The initial stage was mainly between power plants of 110kV and above in Zhejiang (the province with the largest energy import within the State Grid Corporation area) and electricity sales company. In the spot market simulation, every half hour the price of electricity will change according to supply and demand, which means that 48 different electricity prices will be generated 24 hours a day. (CEC)

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Picture Source: ifeng

News Summary:

  • NDRC releases competitive FIT results for onshore and offshore wind
  • NEA releases first batch of subsidy-free projects for 2019
  • Heilongjiang DRC releases plan for 627MW of distributed wind projects
  • 2018 non-fossil energy power generation consumption reaches over 50%

 

 

NDRC releases competitive FIT results for onshore and offshore wind

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced a change to FIT benchmark pricing for onshore wind power. The FITs for newly approved centralized onshore wind power projects will all be determined by competitive bidding and should not exceed the guiding price of the resource area where the projects are located. Meanwhile, offshore wind power projects approved before the end of 2018 and operating before the end of 2021 can still receive the 0.85 CNY FIT, but projects approved in 2019 and 2020 should have FITs lower than the newly announced ceiling of 0.8 CNY/kWh and 0.75 CNY/kWh respectively. (NDRC)

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Note: If resulting competitive FITs are below local thermal on-grid prices, local thermal on-grid prices will be applied.

 

 

NEA releases first batch of subsidy-free projects for 2019

The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a development plan for subsidy-free wind and PV projects, in which it is determined that the first batch of projects will span 16 provinces with a total installed capacity of 20.76GW. The plan highlights:

  1. Prioritizing development of subsidy-free projects
  2. Prioritizing consumption of power generated by subsidy-free projects
  3. Encouraging approval of inactive projects converted to subsidy-free projects

(NEA)

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2019 first batch subsidy-free wind projects distribution

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2019 first batch subsidy-free solar projects distribution

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Heilongjiang DRC releases plan for 627MW of distributed wind projects

The Heilongjiang DRC has released a plan for distributed wind power development, revealing a total of 98 distributed projects with an aggregate capacity of 626.9MW, with individual project capacity ranging from 1.5MW to 36MW. The announcement also stipulates that:

  1. If a single enterprise in a single county area constructs multiple distributed wind power projects, the projects should be bundled into one so that preliminary work can be carried out in a unified manner, such as the handling of relevant supporting documents and the approval of projects.
  2. Distributed wind power projects included in this plan should be built and connected to the grid by the end of 2020, otherwise the project will be automatically abolished.
  3. The power sector should actively cooperate with grid access and grid-connected operation services for distributed wind power projects to ensure safe and reliable grid access for distributed wind power projects. (Heilongjiang DRC)

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Non-fossil energy exceeds 50% of total power generation on China Southern Grid in 2018

Southern Power Grid has released the 2018 Social Responsibility Report. Highlights of the report include:

a)        51.5% of 2018 power generation consumption was non-fossil energy

b)        217.5TWh of power was transported from West to East

c)        The entire power grid had a comprehensive line loss rate of 6.31%

d)        Electric power substitution (or Re-Electrification) reached 22.4TWh

  • (Southern grid)

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    News Summary:

    • NDRC releases new RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard)
    • Electricity price for commercial consumption to be reduced 10% in 2019
    • NDRC encourages clean energy participation in power trading
    • Q1 national power consumption totals 2,232.9TWh, 5.6% YOY increase
    • Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle sign cooperation agreement

     

    NDRC releases new RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard)

    In accordance with regulations in each provincial administrative region, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has released a new Renewable Portfolio Standard to determine the weight of responsibility of renewable energy power consumption, which refers to the proportion of renewable energy power that should be achieved in overall energy production and consumption. This includes both the weight of responsibility of total renewable energy power consumption and of non-hydropower renewable energy power consumption. The NDRC also released the substandard alternatives:

    1. Sale of excess renewable energy power consumption to market participants who have exceeded their annual consumption
    2. Voluntary subscription of the renewable energy green power certificate (NDRC)

     

    2020 RPS Requirements

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    2020 Non-hydro RPS Requirements

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

    The Government Work Report from the second meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress revealed China’s 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. Pricing departments of all provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) should promptly study and propose thorough plans to reduce local general industrial and commercial electricity prices in accordance with the above-mentioned price reduction ideology, issue corresponding documents before the end of May following proper procedure and formally implement the plans on July 1. (NDRC)

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    NDRC encourages clean energy participation in power trading

    The NDRC has released the 2019 cost reduction target for enterprise work, which involves improving the marketization of electricity trading. The NDRC also expressed willingness to deepen power marketization reform, by encouraging sales companies to represent small and medium-sized users in power market transactions and encourage more clean energy companies to participate in transactions. (NDRC)

     

     

    Q1 national power consumption totals 2,232.9TWh, 5.6% YOY increase

    From January to April, national total power consumption reached 2,232.9TWh, an increase of 5.6% year-on-year (YOY). Of the total, the agricultural sector consumed 21.7TWh, an increase of 6.1%; the industrial sector consumed 1,479.2TWh, an increase of 3.2%; the service sector consumed 372.8TWh, an increase of 10.3%; and theresidential sector consumed 359.1, an increase of 10.9%. (NEA)

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    Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle sign cooperation agreement

    On May 15, Didi Travel and State Grid Electric Vehicle signed a strategic cooperation agreement that stipulates that the two parties will use their respective brands and resource advantages to cooperate in the areas of travel, charging, energy and finance to promote a comprehensive green solution based on “car + electricity”.After reaching an agreement, the two sides are to set up pilot projects in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shaanxi, Hunan and Jiangxi. (BJX)

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