China’s Production Of Electricity From Coal Surges To Record Levels

CHINA leading the charge in renewable energy update…

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

News from the energy consultants, Platts:

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Anyone with doubts about China’s demand for energy including for thermal coal needed to sustain its gigantic economy should cast their eyes over the latest statistics for power generation from Beijing’s National Statistics Bureau.

These data are a treasure trove in terms of revealing trends in China’s energy production and appetite for thermal coal sourced from both inside China and from imports shipped from countries including, Australia, Indonesia and Russia.

One interesting revelation is that China’s production of electricity from coal stayed at elevated levels post the northern hemisphere winter after reaching a high of 423.6 billion kWh in December – and the highest level recorded based on available data going back to January 2010.

December’s record power generation from coal represented a 7% year-on-year increase on China’s coal-fired electricity output of 385.6 billion kWh in December 2015, according to the…

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