Thermal still dominates China’s power production

China electricity mix 2017-2018

China electricity mix 2017-2018

Thermal power still accounts for over 70% of China’s electricity production, while electricity consumption grew faster than the economy in 2018, according to the latest statistics released by the China Electricity Council.

The country generated 6,994TWh electricity in 2018, up 8.4% on 2017, against an official economic growth of 6% (and private estimates as low as 1%).

Thermal power generation, which includes electricity generated by coal, oil, gas and biomass, grew from 4,588TWh to 4,923TWh to account for 70.4% of the nation’s electricity production in 2018. Wind power grew 20.2%, while total wind production as a percentage of the total electricity produced increased slightly (from 4.7% in 2017 to 5.2% in 2018): solar showed strong growth of 50.8% and its share grew from 1.8% to 2.5% of the total.

China electricity mix 2017-2018

2017 2018 YOY growth
Thermal power GWh 4,587,700 4,923,100 7.3
Hydro power GWh 1,194,700 1,232,900 3.2
Wind power GWh 304,600 366,000 20.2
Nuclear power GWh 248,100 294,400 18.6
Solar power GWh 117,800 177,500 50.8
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