The impact of increased coal power capacity in Chinese power system

The installed coal power capacity in China amounted to 1,040 GW by 2019. Although China’s coal-fired plant fleet is among the most efficient, cheapest and new in the world, the government has clear goals to control the coal consumption under 4.2 billion tonnes by 2020, as well as to comply with the CO2 emissions reduction commitment in the Paris Agreement. The report China Renewable Energy Outlook 2019 (CREO 2019) is the flagship publication of the China National Renewable Energy Centre, and analyses the 2050 transition roadmap to achieve a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system. This present study is complementary to CREO 2019, aiming to investigate the impacts of adding more coal power capacity during the 14th Five-Year period under the four different scenarios.