Chinese coal-fired electricity generation expected to flatten as mix shifts to renewables

28 Sep 2017   China

Coal-fired electricity generation in China, the world’s largest coal consumer, is expected to remain flat through 2040, according to EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017). Other fuels, such as renewables, natural gas, and nuclear power, are expected to make up increasing shares of China’s electricity generation. Despite declines in coal’s generation share, IEO2017 projects that coal will remain an important component of China’s energy mix, peaking at nearly 4,400 billion kilowatthours (bkWh) by 2030. However, as China continues to replace older, less efficient generators with more efficient units, China’s power sector coal consumption is expected to peak as soon as 2018, at 4,800 million metric tons. As part of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan , a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal capacity has been canceled or postponed until at least 2020 . Increasingly strict controls on total coal […]

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