China's total energy consumption grew by 2.9% in 2017
According to China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), total energy consumption in China increased by 2.9% in 2017, from about 4.36 Gtce (billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent) in 2016. China surpassed its energy intensity (energy consumption per unit of GDP) reduction target of 3.4% with a 3.7% reduction in 2017. The share of coal in China's total energy consumption declined by 1.7%, while that of "clean energies" (including gas, hydropower, nuclear and wind) increased by 1.5%.
In the meantime, the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) announced that the Chinese electricity consumption increased by 6.6% in 2017, thanks to a 5.5% growth in industrial power consumption. Besides, the country's installed power generation capacity grew by 137 GW to over 1,800 GW; nearly 46 GW of thermal capacity and nearly 13 GW of hydropower capacity were installed during the year.
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