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China Scraps National E10 Ethanol Blend Program (Int'l. Report)
China’s National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2020-01-10
In Beijing, it is being widely report that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has suspended its planned implementation of a nationwide E10 gasoline-ethanol blend program due to a sharp decline in the country's corn stocks and limited biofuel production capacity.The few provinces that have already implemented full or partial blends will, however, continue the program.

In 2018, China was the eighth-biggest market for U.S. ethanol exports, taking up 52.9 million gallons of the corn-based fuel, according to the RFA. Reaching the 2020 target would have required about 15 million tonnes of the biofuel annually, more than four times current output, or some 45 million tonnes of corn -- roughly 16 pct of the country's current consumption, according to Reuters. (Source: BOE Report, ETAuto, Reuters, 8 Jan., 2020) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Biofuel Blend,  China Biofuel,  Ethanol,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


China Cutting New Wind Power Project Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-05-27
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that as of 1 Juny, 2019, onshore wind projects connected to the national grid will no longer receive the fixed payment -- feed-in-tariff -- and will instead have to negotiate a price with the national grid directly, The new rules do not phase out government-set tariffs entirely, as the negotiated price must be less than an official "guidance price," which serves as an upper limit and is based on electricity generation costs in the area the project is based.

The prices will still be subsidized by the National Renewable Energy Development Fund but the ceiling will fall in 2020 when projects are required to reach "grid-price parity" and compete equally with the cost of coal power in their region.

The NDRC notice also introduced a new guidance price for newly approved offshore wind power projects. (Source: NDRC, Caixin, 27 May, 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Wind,  Wind Subsidies ,  


Risen Energy Touted for Solar Tech. Leadership (Int'l Report)
Risen Energy,NDRC
Date: 2019-03-27
In Beijing, the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Customs Head Office, reports solar specialist Risen Energy has been included in its list of national enterprise technology centers in recognition of its competence in comprehensive competitiveness, technological innovation, and industrial leadership.

In Sept. 2017, Risen Energy's high-efficiency twin-cell poly-silicon modules obtained China's Top Runner Tier 1 Certification signifying their technology leadership. Risen Energy is the world's first PV manufacturer to achieve the GW-scale mass production for bifacial AlOx passivated PERC technology. In Nov. 2018, Risen Energy's bifacial AlOx passivated PERC modules realized an average cell efficiency of 22.19 pct, with the maximum production line efficiency up to 22.51 pct. Risen is also the first PV manufacturer to accomplish mass production of 370W PERC bifacial dual-glass modules for "China Top Runner" projects. (Source: Risen Energy, PR, PV Mag., 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Hong Wang, Pres., www.risenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  NDRC,  


China Launches Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power (Int'l Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-01-14
Reporting from Beijing, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is announcing the launch of a series of subsidy-free wind and solar projects this year. The projects are timed to cash in on a rapid fall in construction costs since 2012 and tackle a gaping payment backlog.

In 2018 the government suspended all new subsidized solar capacity approvals after a record 53-gigawatt capacity increase in 2017 left it with a backlog of at least 120 billion yuan ($18 billion) in subsidy payments. The new subsidy-free projects will generate renewable power for sale at the same prices as non-subsidised coal-fired power plants, and will not have to comply with capacity quota restrictions.

Under the new policy, grid companies will be encouraged to guarantee electricity purchases from pilot projects, lower transmission fees and support cross-regional deliveries of subsidy-free power. The government has already approved the construction of several subsidy-free wind farms, and solar generators have also achieved price parity in some regions.

According to the NDRC, solar construction costs in China plunged 45 pct from 2012 to 2017, while wind project costs fell 20 pct over the same time frame. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Reuters, 10 Jan., 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


Chinese Carbon Trading Transactions Top $860Mn (Int'l Report)
China Carbon Market,Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's carbon trading transaction values have exceeded 6 billion yuan ($860 million) since June 2013, with traded emission quotas exceeding 270 million tonnes.

The agency noted that "China's carbon emission declined both in intensity and amount in the pilot carbon trading areas. The carbon market has fulfilled its role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and promoting low-carbon development." The agency added that China will advance the construction of carbon trading market and gradually expand the number of industries, trading entities and categories that participate in the national carbon market which was launched in 2017.

The Chinese carbon emissions trading system includes power generation, iron and steel production and cement manufacturing sectors in seven provinces and municipalities.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, China will cut its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. By the end of 2017, China had cut CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 46 pct from 2005 levels, fulfilling its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 to 45 pct from the 2005 level by 2020. (Source: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Xinhua, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn; Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  Cap-and-Trade,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


China Aims to Optimize PV Power Development (Int'l Report)
China,Solar
Date: 2018-06-08
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration have announced that although there are no plans for new distributed PV projects for the remainder of 2018, a quota of around 10 million kilowatts will be maintained.

China cut the national feed-in-tariff by 0.05 yuan (approximately $0.008 U.S.) per kWh at the beginning of June, but there was no change to the subsidy for county-level poverty alleviation PV projects.

China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. By the end of 2020, renewable energy will supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, 27 pct of total power generation, according to the NDRC 2016-2020 plan for renewable energy, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Ecns.cn, June, 2018) )Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Solar,  China Solar,  


China Slashes Solar Subsidies (Int'l Ind. Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-06-04
In Beijing, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration sre reporting a cut in the national feed-in-tariff by 0.05 yuan ($0.008) per kWh and a similar reduction in subsidies for power generated by distributed PV projects. The move is intended to slowdown PV related production and overheating in the pv sector.

An article on the public WeChat account of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association said Friday that while the sector's growth momentum might not be sustained, PV power will remain a key force in the nation's energy revolution and will still receive State support. The association said the fact that PV installations can generate power at a lower cost than other power sources in many countries is the Chinese PV industry's greatest strength.

According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. The central government is aiming for 27 pct of total power generation to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, according to the 2016-20 plan for renewable energy. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission,, Global Times, 3 June, 2018) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Development and Reform Commission,  China Solar,  Solar Subsidies,  


China's Renewable Power Generation Rising (Int'l Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-05-14
In Beijing, China's National Bureau of Statistics is reporting China's major power plants generated 528.34 billion kWh of power in March, up 2.1 pct year on year.

Electricity generated by wind and solar farms in March saw strong year-on-year growth of 30.6 pct and 27.9 pct, generating 30.57 billion kWh and 7.8 billion kWh, respectively. China has been promoting renewable energy such as wind and solar power in recent years to cope with pollution and boost growth quality.

Overall, China's power generation rose 10 pct year on year in the first quarter of 2018. China's total electricity consumption was 532.5 billion kWh in March, up 3.6 pct from a year earlier, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Xinhua, 13 May, 2018) )Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Renewable Energy,  


Chinese Carbon Market Boosts Emissions Controls (Int'l Report)
China,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-03-30
In Shanghai, the Chinese news agency Xinhua is quoting the country's climate change specialist Xie Zhenhua as saying China's carbon trading system enabled the country to reach its 2020 carbon emissions target 3 years ahead of schedule in 2017. According to Xie Zhenhua, China cut its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 46 pct from the 2005 level, fulfilling its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 to 45 percent from the 2005 level by 2020.

From 2005 to 2015, China's economy grew by 1.48 times, and at the same time, the carbon intensity dropped by 38.6 pct. In 2016, the rate continued to fall by 6.6 pct year on year. Under the Paris Agreement, China will have to cut CO2 per unit of GDP by 60-65 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level.

China's carbon emissions trading system was initiated in 2011 and includes power generation, iron and steel production and cement manufacturing sectors in seven provinces and municipalities including Shanghai, Xie said. To date, 200 million tonnes of carbon emissions quotas had been transacted via the platform by the end of 2017, with total turnover hitting 4.7 billion yuan (751 million U.S. dollars). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launched a nationwide carbon emissions trading system in the power generation industry in December last year. Under the scheme, enterprises are assigned emissions quotas and those producing more than their share of emissions are allowed to buy unused quotas on the market from those that cause less pollution. (Source: NDRC, Xinhua, 27 Mar., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  NDRC,  


China Ahead of Schedule on Carbon Emissions Targets (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-03-28
Xinhua is reporting China, the world's biggest energy consumer, met its 2020 carbon intensity target in 2017, three years ahead of schedule. The country cut its 2005 carbon intensity level by 46 pct in 2017 when carbon intensity fell 5.1 pct compared to 2016 levels.

In 2009, China promised to cut its 2005 carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 pct, as part of its commitments to the international community ahead of negotiations for a new global climate pact in Paris in 2015. (Source: Xinhua, Business Insider, Reuters, Mar., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News NDRC,  China,  Carbon Emissions,  


Most Chinese Regions Meet 2016 Low-Carbon Targets (Int'l Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-10
In Shanghai, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is reporting that 27 of the country's 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at accelerating the development of non-fossil fuel energy and combating global warming in 2016.

China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.

The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release. (Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


China Touting World's Largest Carbon Market Plan (Int'l Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-05
China, one of the world's major carbon dioxide emitters, is unveiling the world's largest carbon market encompassing more than 1,700 companies in the power sector accounting for over 3 billion metric tons of emissions in total, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The market aims to do a cap-and-trade system where companies with larger emissions purchase allocations from companies who emit less. Any company that reaches 26,000 tons of carbon in a year-to-year basis is automatically included in the market. This threshold might be lowered in the future, according to the NDRC.

China aims to cap its emissions by 2030 and greatly reduce its dependence on fossil fuel with the goal of generating 20 pct of their energy from eind, solar and other low-carbon sources, according to the NDRC. (Source: National Development and Reform Commission, BNEF, GineersNow, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  China Carbon Market,  National Development and Reform Commission ,  

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