China Energy Policy Newsletter – February 2020

In this month’s newsletter:

Project activities

  • Launch of the China Renewable Energy Outlook 2019 at COP25 in Madrid

China energy transition updates

  • China will not make separate 14th Five-Year Plans for hydro, wind and solar power
  • Local governments will be responsible for offshore wind and CSP subsidies after 2020
  • The 2020 policy orientation for wind and PV sectors is clear
  • 2019 national district heating target has been achieved
  • The first foreign invested offshore wind project now in operation

2019 China energy statistic data

  • Fossil fuel consumption continues to grow
  • Slowdown in the electricity consumption growth
  • Renewable energy took up more than half of incremental power capacity
  • Increased share of non-fossil fuels in the electricity production

Six major China power system reform policies issued in 2019

  • Reduce industrial and commercial tariffs by 10%
  • Exempt partial costs in T&D tariff
  • Open power market for business-featured consumers
  • Issue new coal power price policy
  • Cancel ineligible incremental power distribution pilots
  • Launch eight new spot power market pilot

Policy monitoring

  • China stops approval of new iron and steel production projects
  • MoF updates the renewable surcharge regulation
  • NEA aims to facilitate energy storage standards
  • NDRC clarifies content of mid-to-long term electricity contracts


  • 2019 China Energy and Power Datasheet

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