The Chinese government is taking steps to reduce its coal-fired power capacity and is also curtailing renewable energy facilities in the short term.

Coal-fired power plant construction is banned until 2018 according to state news agency Xinhua.
China coal-fired power plant
As part of China’s 2016-2020 energy plan, expected to be officially unveiled soon, the new measures will cap total national energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020, and put a ceiling on coal consumption at 4.1 billion tonnes.

The ban on projects should cut coal’s share of the overall mix to 58 per cent from 64 per cent currently. It means limiting the installation of new coal-fired plants by around 1,050 GW by 2020.

China will also slow the pace of new wind and solar plants as inadequate grid transmission lines waste a large amount of the power produced. Upgrading the national grid to improve overall transmission will be a priority, said Xinhua.

The installation of wind power plants will be around 250 GW by 2020, and solar installation will be 150 GW.

The installation of conventional hydro power projects will reach 340 GW by 2020, while power from nuclear plants will reach 58 GW by 2020, with another 30 GW approved for construction, according to the news agency.