IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - November/December 2015 - 40

Growth in
Wind and Sun

V

VARIABLE GENERATION (VG) IN CHINA IS PRImarily wind and photovoltaic (PV) power. By the end of
2014, the cumulative installed capacity of VG in
China reached 123.86 GW, accounting for 9.1%
of the country's total generation capacity. The
cumulative installed capacity of wind and PV
power were, 95.81 GW and 28.05 GW, respectively. The total amount of energy generated from VG in 2014 was
181 TWh (of which wind
power was 156 TWh and PV
power 25 TWh), accounting for 3.3% of total electricity generation. The newly
installed capacity of wind and
PV power in 2014 was 19.5 GW and
10.6 GW, respectively, accounting
for 28% of the newly installed capacity of all generation types. Following
coal-fired power and hydropower, wind has
already become China's third-largest power
source both by capacity and by power generation, after nine years of high-speed growth. A
rapid development of PV power generation has been
experienced since 2010. The newly installed PV capacity
in 2013 and 2014 reached over 10 GW for two consecutive
years, accounting for about one-third of newly installed PV
capacity worldwide over the same period. By capacity, PVs
have become China's fifth largest generation source after
natural gas based generation.

By Liping Jiang, Caixia Wang, Yuehui Huang,
Zheyi Pei, Songxu Xin, Weisheng Wang,
Shuo Ma, and Tom Brown
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2015.2458754
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