China Struggles with Surplus Green Energy Production

Bloomberg

Nov 22, 2022

In China, the capacity of the grid to assimilate or store surplus renewable energy is meager. This has resulted in the wastage of green energy in some provinces.

China, the biggest source of climate-warming greenhouse gasses, has pledged to raise total wind and solar capacity to 1,200 gigawatts by 2030, almost double the current rate, with plans to build large-scale renewable energy bases in northwestern desert regions. China's total renewable energy consumption is set to reach about 1 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent (TCE) by 2025.


While this is extremely good news, the capacity of the grid to assimilate or store surplus renewable energy is meager. This has resulted in the wastage of green energy in some provinces in China. Economic Information Daily stated that nearly 12% of power generated by wind turbines in Inner Mongolia in 2021 dissipated due to the grid being overloaded in capacity. Simultaneously, 10% of solar power in Qinghai could not be effectively employed. In the sparsely populated Gansu province, the utilization rate of wind and solar power could drop below 90% this year from nearly 97% in 2021. While many other countries suffer from insufficient green energy installations or grapple with the vagaries of weather in existing solar and wind farms, China’s problem is markedly different.


These statistics underline the issue with not factoring in all the aspects pertaining to the green energy transition and considering different perspectives involved in the energy crisis. The solution to harness this bountiful supply of renewable energy is suitable technology to effectively store and redistribute the energy when needed, as well as long distance power lines to transmit the excess green energy to areas in need. Scaling up these solutions in China will have to take precedence over the unmitigated growth of renewable project installations. Any type of bottlenecks should not translate to a curtailment of green energy initiatives in the long run and necessary steps need to be taken.


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