China still gets 65% of its energy from coal, but that percentage will diminish greatly by 2050.
The U.S. has no plan in place to do the same, thanks to a lack of Republican foresight. Democrats want renewable energy, but can’t move the nation forward due to conspiracy theories and demonetization.
So China is left to dominate the wind and solar market. Now that’s what I call American exceptionalism and the power of Koch brothers influence.
But there's a downside: China's government is also brutal over its pursuit of hydro-energy, booting a million people from their homes. Odd thing about the article; it doesn't mention how many jobs were created in the wind and solar industries:
jsonline: A wind plant for China Guodian, a state-owned power company (has) during the past decade been at the forefront of a massive expansion of renewable energy in China.
China is now the world's biggest wind-power generator and largest market for solar panels. With the completion of the controversial Three Gorges Dam, which displaced 1.2 million people along the Yangtze River, China is now the world's top hydro-energy producer.
William Chandler, co-author of an Energy Transition Research Institute study that outlines a road map for China generating 80% of its electricity from renewables by 2050. solar and wind power still meet less than 3% of the nation's energy needs. And China's grid hasn't expanded fast enough to deliver all the power that these projects can generate.
Wind-power developers often wait months to have their projects connected to the state-owned grid.
Many Chinese manufacturers got their start in partnerships with U.S. and European companies that helped pioneer the modern wind industry and shared technology as they sought to gain footholds in China. By 2020, the Chinese government hopes to double wind-power capacity. Solar energy is supposed to grow at an even faster rate. Just last year, China invested $56 billion in renewable energy — more than all of Europe, according to a United Nations report. The government also has called for easing the strains on the long-distance power grid by building more renewable-energy projects close to big cities. China's National Energy Administration, announced that by 2015, two-thirds of China's solar power should come from these close-to-source projects.
I guess that's why they have 15 nuclear plants on the mainland, another 26 under construction and more likely on the way.ReplyDelete