China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region gained achievements in wind power effective utilization. In August, the curtailment decreased to 1.14 TWh, or 25.7% of total wind generation, shrinking 8.6 percentage points compared with 34.3% of the year-ago level, showed data from the regional development and reform commission.
Over January-August, the idled wind power totaled 9.17 TWh, making up 29.5% of all generated, down 12 percentage points from a year ago, data showed.
As of end-August, Xinjiang on-grid wind generation installed capacity totaled 18.35 GW, accounting for 22.8% of all on-grid capacity in the region.
The average utilization time of wind power generation units rose 48.8 hours in August from the year prior to 192 hours, while it amounted to 1,267 hours during the first eight month of this year, increasing 236 hours year on year.
Meanwhile, there was more solar power that was connected to the grid in the region. In August, Xinjiang's solar power curtailment stood at 170 GWh, constituting 13.5% of total, down 6.5 percentage points from a year ago. In January-August, there were 1.96 TWh of solar power that idled, or 21.9% of all produced, down 6.1 percentage points year on year.
As of August, on-grid power installed capacity totaled 80.57 GW in the region. Besides the wind capacity, solar and hydro capacity reached 9.08 GW (11.3%) and 6.51 GW (8.1%), respectively. In general, new and renewable energy accounted for 42.2% of total Xinjiang's on-grid power.
During the month, the regional utilization time of on-grid power generation units averaged 276.9 hours, up 4.1 hours year on year. Average solar and hydro utilization time separately reached 125.8 hours (+23.6 hour YoY) and 488.4 hours (+28.7 hours YoY).
During the first eight month, Xinjiang newly installed wind capacity by 599 MW. Newly-added solar and hydro installed capacity totaled 150 MW and 50 MW, respectively.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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