Renewable power covers 29% of China’s electricity usage in 2020

Renewable power sources covered 28.8% of China’s electricity consumption in 2020, up 1.3 percentage points from 2019, the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a statement on Monday.

China’s state planner in 2016 launched a scheme asking grid firms in some northern and northwestern to buy electricity generated by solar and wind power stations. President Xi Jinping has vowed to make China “carbon neutral” by 2060, and to boost the share of non-fossil fuels in primary en ..

According to a draft plan seen by Reuters in February, the central government planned to force regional grid firms to buy at least 40% of power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.

The NEA statement showed that average wind power utilisation rates were 97% in 2020, exceeding the target set by central government by 2 percentage points, while average solar power utilisation rates were 98%, 3 percentage higher than the target.