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China aims to stop renewable energy being wasted by 2020

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

China has emerged as the leader in renewable energy. Investment soared from 39 billion USD to 111 billion USD within five years, while solar generation capacity grew 168-fold and wind capacity increased fourfold.

However, a sizeable portion of this new renewable energy are wasted. Power waste is caused when there is not enough transmission capacity to absorb the electricity generated by wind, solar and hydro-power plants, leading to high curtailment rates, particularly in northwestern and southwestern China.

China aims to prevent power generated by its renewable energy sector being wasted by 2020, the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said on 13th Nov. It expects the wind power curtailment rate to drop to about 30 percent in the northwestern provinces ...

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