China's coal consumption gained 0.6% year on year in 2020, the fourth straight year of increase, according to the preliminary data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on February 28.
With record industrial output and dozens of coal-fired power plants being built, China's coal consumption may continue to rise.
However, the share of coal consumption in energy mix declined to 56.8% in 2020, down 0.9 percentage point from a year ago.
The continuous expansion of renewable energy and natural gas consumption contributed to the drop in coal's share from around 68% a decade ago to 57.7% in 2019 and then 56.8% in 2020.
Clean energy including gas, hydropower, nuclear power and wind lower accounted for a higher share of 24.3% in 2021, up by 1 percentage point from the preceding year, with installed capacity of wind and solar rising noticeably compared coal-fired capacity.
Grid-connected wind power generation capacity surged 34.6% year on year to 281.53 GW in 2020, and solar power capacity increased 24.1% to 253.43 GW, according to the NBS.
The installed hydropower generation capacity climbed 3.4% to 370.16 GW, and nuclear power capacity increased 2.4% to 49.89 GW, data showed.
Coal-fired power generation capacity grew 4.7% from a year ago to 1.25 TW by the end of 2020.
China's total power generation capacity gained 9.5% year on year to 2.2 TW by the end of last year.
In the meantime, the consumption of crude oil gained 3.3% and natural gas increased 7.2% from a year ago. Power consumption gained 3.1%, according to the NBS.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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