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Installed capacity of power generation in China 2010-2019

As of 2019, approximately 2,000 GW of electric power generation capacity had been installed in China.

Energy discrepancy in China

China is known to be the most populated country in the world. Population growth coupled with steady economic growth in the past has created a huge burden on energy requirements in the country. In less than two decades, the energy consumption of China has tripled from less than one million tons oil equivalent to over 3.2 billion tons in 2018. Meanwhile, barely >3.8 billion tonsof standard coal equivalent. Therefore, the import volume of energy in China has been rapidly growing since 2005, while the export volume of energy has stayed at the same level.

Renewable energy in China

  In order to cope with the growing energy demand, China has been increasing its capacity and overall generation volume of electricity from a diverse range of energy sources. Although most of this growth came from thermal power, which has been the main source of energy in China for a long time, Chinese consumption of renewable energy in 2018 surged to over 140 times the consumption rate of the early 2000s.

Installed capacity of electric power generation in China between 2010 and 2019

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Release date

January 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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