June 18, 2024
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China’s Renewable Energy Tops 50% Milestone

China’s renewable energy generation capacity has surpassed 50% of the total this year, China Daily reported on Friday. The report added that the share was over 145 GW.

It did not, however, go into detail about the energy sources included in the total renewable capacity and how much of each was in the mix.

Energy News Africa reports that, in terms of production hydrocarbons still rule with 70% of the total output, led by coal.

China is the world’s largest investor in wind and solar. Still, it is also investing heavily in hydropower and hydrocarbons as it pursues an “all of the above” approach to energy supply.

It became notorious earlier this year for approving the equivalent of two new coal power plants weekly, according to climate think tanks even as it also boosted its wind and solar generation capacity.

China says the approach is motivated by its prioritization of energy security over emission footprints.

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