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China steams ahead of other nations with clean energy electricity generation

Date
17 January 2013
China steams ahead of other nations with clean energy electricity generation

BEIJING: China yet again looks to be leading the clean revolution, as electricity generated by clean energy rose 28.5% in 2012, accounting for over 20% of the nation’s total electricity output.

According to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), electricity generated from clean energy sources climbed 3.9% to an increase of 28.5% year on year in 2012, reaching 1.07 trillion kilowatt hours.

This figure means that 21.4% of China’s total electricity output came from clean energy last year.

Broken down by energy type, the growth for 2012 year on year includes:

  • hydropower increased by 29%
  • wind energy rose by almost 36%
  • solar generation rocketed by 414% 

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group said: “China is on track towards a cleaner energy future. The year of 2012 witnessed a dramatic increase of power generated from clean energy, particularly from solar and wind. This has further enhanced the leadership’s and also the market’s experience, confidence and ambition on clean energy in China.

“Many partners of The Climate Group have been contributing to this revolution, such as Hanergy, now the world’s largest solar thin film company, Procter & Gamble, a leading consumer products company that has been championing zero waste and 100% renewable energy in their industrial facilities in China, China Energy Conservation and Environment Protection Investment Company (CECEP), an organization that has been leading the investment in solar and other renewable energy in China, among others. I believe that our efforts and strong partnerships with government and business community in China will continue to catalyze China’s clean revolution.”

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By Clare Saxon

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