The revenge of renewable energy in Xinjiang



The production of wind and solar energy increased, respectively, by 15.2% and 13.6% in 2018


The new energy generation recorded double-digit growth in 2018 in the autonomous region of Xinjiang Uygur, northwest China. The development is in the perspective of an attempt to reduce the consumption of coal to improve the energy mix.

The production of wind and solar energy increased respectively by 15.2% and 13.6% to 36 billion kWh and 11.7 billion kWh, according to the Committee on Regional Development and Reform.

22.9% of installed wind power generation capacity and 15.5% of Xinjiang solar power generation capacity were left unused last year, respectively 6.9 points and 6.1 percentage points less than the previous year.


Xinjiang has a total installed power generating a capacity of 85.5 GW


Unused capacity was the result of higher costs, rapid capacity increases, poor network connections and network preference for more predictable coal-generated power. The lower unused capacity, on the contrary, came when local authorities encouraged greater local consumption and transmitted larger quantities, compared to the country’s east.

According to the Xinjiang Electric Power Power Co. Ltd., Xinjiang has a total installed capacity that generates a capacity of 85.5 GW, with wind and solar energy contributing to 28.7 GW.

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat air pollution, China has tried to use more renewable energy, in order to reduce its dependence on polluting coal.



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