China’s power consumption is predicted to rise 5.5 per cent this year from last year, according to a report from the China Electricity Council (CEC).
The council said demand is being driven by economic growth and the ongoing coal-to-electricity conversion as part of Beijing’s air pollution campaign.
The CEC expects a total of 120 GW of new power capacity will be installed in 2018, of which 70 GW will come from non-fossil-fuel power plants.
It also forecasts China’s total installed power generation capacity will reach 1,900 GW by the end of 2018. With Beijing’s effort to promote clean energy, coal-fired power capacity will account for 53.6 percent of total power capacity, down 1.5 percentage points compared to 2017.
“Supplies will continue to be sufficient, but there are regional differences and power supplies in northern regions will be slightly tight,” the CEC said.
China has ordered millions of household and industrial plants in its smog-prone regions to replaced their coal-fired heating equipment with natural gas- or electric-powered systems.
The world’s second-biggest economy aims to install 200 GW of power generation capacity, with 77 GW from clean energy sectors, by 2020.