China's installed non-fossil fuel electricity capacity surpass 50% of total


China's non-fossil fuel power sources now exceed 50% of its total installed electricity capacity, state media Xinhua said on June 12, citing an official at the National Reform and Development Commission.

Non-fossil fuel energy sources include wind and solar power, accounting for 50.9% of China's total installed capacity, marking the early completion of a government target initiated in 2021, under which renewable capacity was planned to exceed fossil fuel capacity by 2025.

As of 2022, China's installed power generation capacity was 2,564.05 GW, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

China has dedicated significant resources to the construction of renewable energy capacity in recent years, building large wind, solar and hydro plants in the west of the country as it seeks to achieve a target of peak carbon emissions by 2030.

However, inconsistent utilization of the resources means that China's energy consumption mix still weighted toward fossil fuels, mainly coal.

Coal accounted for 56.2% of total energy consumption last year, versus 25.9% from renewables which includes nuclear energy, the NBS data indicated.

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