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News Summary:

  • Zhangjiakou plans to establish a renewable energy power trading center
  • NDRC reveals power spot market construction plan
  • Shandong accelerates construction of new energy projects
  • Renewables generate 26% of electricity consumed in 1H2019 China
  • New subsidy bidding mechanism brings average PV subsidy to 0.0645 CNY/kWh



Zhangjiakou plans to establish a renewable energy power trading center

The Zhangjiakou Capital Water Conservation Functional Zone and Ecological Environment Supporting Zone Construction Plan for 2019-2035 has been introduced by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The notice specifies that Zhangjiakou will build a strong smart grid with high-quality on-site matching of renewable energy supply and demand.  The document also reveals the province’s plans to establish of a renewable energy power trading center in Zhangjiakou to carry out market-based trading of renewable energy consumption in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. (NDRC)

Jing-jin-ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) coordinated development plan

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NDRC reveals power spot market construction plan

The NDRC has revealed its plans for a spot market that will mainly carry out daily, intraday and real-time electricity energy transactions, which contrasts traditional power trading that carries out medium to long term transactions. According to the plan, the corresponding priority power generation of non-hydro renewable energy should then cover the number of guaranteed utilization hours. (NDRC)

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Shandong accelerates construction of new energy projects

The Shandong Government has just rolled out a new measure to “vigorously expand the consumer market and accelerate the shaping of new advantages for the domestic demand-driven economy. In terms of energy, Shandong has pledged to speed up the construction of “Shandong power import” transmission projects, implement solar power generation demonstration projects, offshore wind projects, coastal nuclear power and coastal LNG import hubs, as well as launch the first pilot demonstration project for offshore wind power integration development. (Shandong GOV)

Changyi City Marine Ranch and 3-Gorges 300MW Offshore Wind Power Integration Test Demonstration Project

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Data on 1H2019 show 26% of electricity consumed in China is generated by renewable energy

In the six months, China consumed 3400TWh of electricity, up 5% from the same time last year. The total electricity consumption in the east, central, west and northeast regions account for 47.0%, 19.1%, 27.9% and 6.0% of the nation-wide total electricity consumption, respectively. Electricity consumption in Qinghai, Gansu and Shanghai provinces decreased by 2.8%, 0.7% and 0.1%, while electricity consumption in the other 28 provinces grew at a rate that exceeded the national average.

In the first half of 2019, renewable energy has generated 888TWh of electricity, which means a growth of 14% year-on-year (YoY). Within this, 514TWh of electricity was generated by hydropower for an 11.8% YoY increase, 215TWh was generated by wind power for an 11.5% YoY increase, 107TWh was generated by photovoltaic (PV) power for a 30% YoY increase and 53TWh was generated by biomass power for a 21.3% YoY increase

Newly installed capacity for the first six months totaled 41GW, of which 1.8GW is hydropower, 9.1GW is wind power, 11.4GW is PV power and 1.3GW is nuclear power. Therefore, non-fossil energy generation has a significant share of 58.4% of newly installed capacity.

Moreover, progress in electrification has been further advanced. In recent years, the share of electricity in China's energy consumption has been steadily increasing. In the first half of the year, 98TWh of electric power had substituted fossil fuels, accounting for 2.9% of total electricity consumption of the whole society. By the end of June, a total of 1 million charging piles had been built across the country. In addition, according to data released by the China Charging Alliance, as of June 2019 China's EV to charging station ratio reached 3.5:1. Meanwhile, China has 2.81 million all-electric cars, which is 82% of the total number of new energy vehicles.


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Source: Azure International, NEA, CEC, EVCIPA



New subsidy bidding mechanism brings average PV subsidy to 0.0645 CNY/kWh

As of the end of July 2019, the average subsidy for PV projects participating in the subsidy auction was 0.0645 CNY/kWh, which is down more than 50% compared to the guiding price. Since the new release of the Notice on the Active Promotion of Grid-Parity of Wind Power & PV Power Generation in May, a total of 23 provinces (except Jilin, Heilongjiang, Fujian, Hainan, Yunnan, Gansu, Xinjiang, Tibet and Xinjiang) organized 4,338 projects for the bidding of state subsidies for 24.56GW of PV power generation. According to Mr. Li Chuangjun, Chief of the New Energy Division of the National Energy Administration (NEA), a new mechanism has been established to both save subsidy funds and guarantee stable development of the industry. Comparing the demand for subsidies under the new bidding mechanism and that under the current guiding FIT, the demand can be reduced by 2.16 billion CNY per year, which can save the state 43 billion CNY based on a 20-year subsidy period, said Mr.Li at an NEA press conference at the end of July. (NEA)

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