The news today, not receiving nearly enough attention. Caixin Live reports:
The training wheels are finally coming off China’s renewable energy industry, with the government announcing 20.8 gigawatts of projects that will compete with coal and other forms of generation without subsidies for the first time.
The country will build 20.8 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects across 16 provinces, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration said Wednesday.
Solar power projects will account for the bulk — 14.8 GW — of projects, while wind will make 4.51 GW. Project owners will only profit from selling the electricity they generate at prices equal to or less than coal power, and will not receive a boost from the government, as they had before.
As is typically the case, though, the latest environmental news from China is mixed. Another study has confirmed what was first suspected last summer — that the ozone-layer-killing chemical CFC-11 is being illegally used in Chinese factories.
The BBC reports that the new study, with a lead author from the University of Bristol, “seems to confirm beyond any reasonable doubt that some 40–60% of the increase in emissions [since 2012] is coming from provinces in eastern China.”