China's power consumption to rise 5.5% in 2018, CEC Thermal Power,  Hydropower,  Wind,  Nuclear,  Solar 2018-02-01 11:13:00
China's power consumption is forecast to go up by 5.5% in 2018, China Electricity Council said during the press briefing held on January 31.

The country is expected to add installed power capacity by 120 GW this year, the CED estimated in a report released at the briefting.

By the end of 2018, China's total installed capacity for electricity could reach 1.9 TW, it said.

Of that, installed non-fossil generating capacity would reach around 760 GW, accounting for 40% of the total, while that of coal-fired units could reach 1.02 TW, taking 53.6% of the nation's total, 1.5 percentage points lower than that in end-2017.

During 2018, utilization of power generating units across the country is anticipated to reach 3,710 hours.

In 2017, China's total installed power capacity increased by 7.6% year on year to 1.8 TW. Of that, non-fossil capacity accounted for 38.7% at 690 GW, edging up 2.1 percentage points from the year prior.

During the same period, the country added 133.7 GW of new power capacity, with non-fossil capacity standing at 89.9 GW.

(Writing by William Gao  Editing by Harry Huo)
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