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China Hopeful For The Rains To Produce Hydropower With Ease

China's hydro generation has been essentially flat for the last three years, despite commissioning several large new power plants, as a prolonged drought has sharply reduced river flows in the southwestern part of the country.
Since the drought started in the middle of 2022, China has been forced to turn back to coal to meet electricity consumption, while wind and solar have helped meet some of the growth in demand.
Installed hydro capacity had climbed 18% to 422 million kilowatts (kW) by the end of 2023 from 358 million kW at the end of 2019, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/chinas-hydro-generators-wait-rains-come-2024-03-22/


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  • George Kariuki

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    Hoping for rain to refill the reservoirs but also hoping China continues to invest in a mix of renewables.

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    • johnte ndeto

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      The stagnation underscores the vulnerability of regions relying heavily on hydropower, particularly those in susceptible prolonged droughts.

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      • Richard S

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        Lazy Greedy

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        • walter lungayi

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          China should phase out Fossils fuels( coal) and shift to renewable energy sources .

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          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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            Besides hydro, we have numerous existing sources of clean energy. Turning to coal is the worst move for china

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            • johnte ndeto

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              @rukia_ahmed_abdi The stark reality of having to revert to coal to meet electricity demands is quit insensitive.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                Going back to the use of coal is a worse decision than leads to increase of carbon emissions, China can invest more on solar and wind energy

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                • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                  @elizbeth_gathigia I agree with you on this. China is a good candidate of solar energy⚡ it's time they utilized this opportunity Instead of turning to dirty energy

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  It is very concerning to hear that China's hydro generation has remained flat despite the commissioning of new power plants due to prolonged drought & reduced river flows,..

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                  • Ann Nyambura

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                    @gorffly_mokua Absolutely concerning indeed.

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                    • johnte ndeto

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                      @gorffly_mokua While the increase in installed hydro capacity is notable, it raises concerns about the effectiveness of these investments.

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                    • Princess

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                      Environmental concerns and social consequences need to be carefully addressed alongside any hopes for increased hydropower production.

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                      • Gorffly mokua

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                        @princess_nel_268 Absolutely, While increased hydropower production offers a promising solution to address energy needs..

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                        • johnte ndeto

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                          @princess_nel_268 reliance on coal as a fallback option undermines efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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                        • Esther Wanjiku

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                          China has been consistently pursuing their coal ambitions to the detrimental of their climate ones. So sad

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                          • Gorffly mokua

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                            @esther_wanjiku_785 Indeed, it is disheartening to see China prioritize their coal industry over their commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

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                            • johnte ndeto

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                              @esther_wanjiku_785 I believe this is instigated by greed.

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                            • Jane Wangui

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                              Turning back to coal is not a wise decision at all ..they would have invested in clean energy like the use of solar to cater for the needs of the residents.

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                              • Gorffly mokua

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                                @jane_wangui Completely agree! Investment in clean energy sources such as solar power is necessary to promote sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.✔

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                                • johnte ndeto

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                                  @jane_wangui this emphasizing the urgency of diversifying the energy mix.

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