LANZHOU (Xinhua) – New electricity production in northwest China’s Gansu province exceeded 40 billion kilowatt-hours this year, the first time in its history, according to State Grid Gansu Electric Power Company.
The company said that this production accounts for 26% of the total electricity production in the province and is equivalent to 16 million tonnes of standard coal and nearly 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
With the high price of coal and the insufficient power generation capacity of the conventional power supply this year, Gansu’s new power output is playing an important role in maintaining the balance between supply and demand of electricity in central China, the company added.
Gansu has rich resources in wind and solar energy. Statistics show that since 2010, more than 300 power generation companies have launched new energy-related services in Gansu.
To date, Gansu’s installed new electric power capacity connected to the Chinese power grid has reached 25.17 million kilowatts, or 43% of the provincial total.
The installed capacity of new energy in Gansu is expected to exceed 80 million kilowatts by 2025, with renewables accounting for nearly 65%, according to the Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission.