BY LIZ ZABEL | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
China has doubled its pace of adding renewable energy capacity within the first 10 months of 2013, cutting down on pollution in some of its largest cities. The government planned to add 49 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by the end of 2013. According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), renewables accounted for more than half of all new power capacity from Jan.1 to Oct. 31. To date, China has installed 36 gigawatts total of clean energy capacity—an increase of 7.9 gigawatts of wind power, 3.6 gigawatts of solar, 2.2 gigawatts of nuclear, and 22.3 of hydropower.
With these additions, China is on course to add more renewable-generated energy capacity than the U.S., Europe, and Japan combined by 2035, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). As China’s government increases its support in renewable and as costs continue to drop, the proportion of renewables will only continue to grow in the country.
The NEA has predicted that electricity from coal-fired power plants in China may fall to 69.6 percent this year, compared to 71.5 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, China’s grid-connected solar capacity could triple to 10 gigawatts by the end of the year, wind capacity may rise by 22 percent and nuclear another 17 percent.
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China Doubles Renewable Energy Capacity Amid Pollution Cut Push, Bloomberg