China aprueba un número récord de centrales eléctricas de carbón
February 27, 2023 - En 2022, Beijing aprobó la construcción de dos nuevas centrales eléctricas de carbón por semana, para una capacidad total de 106 gigavatios.
China approved the construction of 106 gigawatts of coal-fired power station capacity in 2022, the highest amount since 2015 – a rate of two new power stations every week.
The amount of new capacity had slowed in recent years following a peak in 2015 when provincial governments gained the authority to permit new projects.
The sudden rise in 2022 is designed to ensure the stability of the power grid – China suffered a wave of blackouts in September 2021 due to coal supply shortages, and a long drought last summer saw a dramatic drop in hydro-electric power generation.
Beijing is trying to rejuvenate its economy after growth stagnated due to its stringent “Zero-Covid” policy, raising concerns that its low-carbon efforts will be marginalised.