The Greening of China's black electric power system? Insights from 2014 data

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile. We utilize three lines of argument: first, utilizing data for electric energy generated, where we show that China actually generated less energy from thermal sources in 2014 than in 2013, while increasing generation from water, wind and solar; second, examining capacity additions, we show that new capacity in water, wind and solar (WWS) exceeded new capacity for thermal; and third, in terms of investment. We argue that such data rebut claims made that China is getting blacker while its greening efforts remain small and insubstantial, or that China will become dependent on nuclear power rather than hydro, wind and solar as it cleans its energy system.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
JournalThe Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus
Volume13
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

Electric power systems
Fossil fuels
Nuclear energy
Water
Hot Temperature

Bibliographical note

Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

Keywords

  • China
  • renewable electric power
  • wind
  • solar
  • nuclear
  • thermal
  • Under the Dome

Cite this

@article{708020d107f348ccb37fa6c3dc07263f,
title = "The Greening of China's black electric power system? Insights from 2014 data",
abstract = "While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile. We utilize three lines of argument: first, utilizing data for electric energy generated, where we show that China actually generated less energy from thermal sources in 2014 than in 2013, while increasing generation from water, wind and solar; second, examining capacity additions, we show that new capacity in water, wind and solar (WWS) exceeded new capacity for thermal; and third, in terms of investment. We argue that such data rebut claims made that China is getting blacker while its greening efforts remain small and insubstantial, or that China will become dependent on nuclear power rather than hydro, wind and solar as it cleans its energy system.",
keywords = "China, renewable electric power, wind, solar, nuclear, thermal, Under the Dome",
author = "Hao Tan and Mathews, {John A.}",
note = "Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
volume = "13",
pages = "1--5",
journal = "The Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus",
issn = "1557-4660",
publisher = "Japan Focus",
number = "10",

}

The Greening of China's black electric power system? Insights from 2014 data. / Tan, Hao; Mathews, John A.

In: The Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus, Vol. 13, No. 10, 2015, p. 1-5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The Greening of China's black electric power system? Insights from 2014 data

AU - Tan, Hao

AU - Mathews, John A.

N1 - Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile. We utilize three lines of argument: first, utilizing data for electric energy generated, where we show that China actually generated less energy from thermal sources in 2014 than in 2013, while increasing generation from water, wind and solar; second, examining capacity additions, we show that new capacity in water, wind and solar (WWS) exceeded new capacity for thermal; and third, in terms of investment. We argue that such data rebut claims made that China is getting blacker while its greening efforts remain small and insubstantial, or that China will become dependent on nuclear power rather than hydro, wind and solar as it cleans its energy system.

AB - While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile. We utilize three lines of argument: first, utilizing data for electric energy generated, where we show that China actually generated less energy from thermal sources in 2014 than in 2013, while increasing generation from water, wind and solar; second, examining capacity additions, we show that new capacity in water, wind and solar (WWS) exceeded new capacity for thermal; and third, in terms of investment. We argue that such data rebut claims made that China is getting blacker while its greening efforts remain small and insubstantial, or that China will become dependent on nuclear power rather than hydro, wind and solar as it cleans its energy system.

KW - China

KW - renewable electric power

KW - wind

KW - solar

KW - nuclear

KW - thermal

KW - Under the Dome

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 1

EP - 5

JO - The Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus

T2 - The Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus

JF - The Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus

SN - 1557-4660

IS - 10

ER -