China's power generation in August was almost unchanged from the year-ago level with only a tiny rise of 0.2%, as hydropower generation declined significantly while thermal power was almost flat.
The country's total power generation reached 738.3 TWh in August, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on September 15. Compared with 758.6 TWh in July, the figure declined by 2.68%.
In breakdown by source, thermal power output totaled 516.7 TWh, a 0.3% rise year on year, with the growth narrowing by 12.4 percentage points from July; hydropower generation was 137 TWh, down 4.7% year on year.
Nuclear plants produced 36.5 TWh, up 10.2% year on year, wind farms 32.2 TWh, up 7% and solar units 15.9 TWh, up 8.5%, according to the NBS data.
In August, thermal power generation accounted for 69.99% of the country's total power generation, almost flat from 69.07% from a month and 70.32% in August 2020, data showed.
The data showed clean power generation from nuclear, wind and solar has kept growing at a fast pace, but their generation were still incomparable with conventional thermal and hydro generation.
While China has put Baihetan hydropower station – the world's No.2 largest of its kind by capacity – into operation this year, hydro generation kept falling as water inflows were lower than a year ago, as precipitation was quite uneven this year with thin rainfalls in the southwestern regions, where most hydropower stations are located.
In the first eight months, the country's power generation totaled 5,389.4 TWh, an 11.3% rise on year. Thermal power generation kept a 12.6% rise to 3,872.3 TWh, while hydropower generation dropped 1% to 761.7 TWh.
Nuclear, wind and solar output amounted to 269.9 TWh, 365.1 TWh and 120.4 TWh from January to August, up 13.3%, 28.1% and 10.3% year on year.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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