The state-run newspaper Global Times reports that China’s “largest” desert solar power “base”, located at Tengger desert in Zhongwei, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, has “started construction”, citing local newspaper Ningxia Daily. The Global Times says that this move marks an “important step in the national development of new energy infrastructure amid the country’s push for carbon neutrality”, adding that the solar power base will have an installed capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) and entails investment of 15.2bn yuan ($2.19bn). Additionally, China Energy News
reports that, according to the data by National New Energy Consumption Monitoring and Early Warning Center, in the second quarter of 2022, the installed wind power “grew steadily”, and solar installed capacity “increased significantly”, with the cumulative installed capacity reaching 342GW and 336GW respectively. The state-run industry newspaper adds that during the same period, wind additions reached 5.53GW, an increase of 4%, while solar additions reached 18.2GW, an increase of 114%.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal
carries an editorial saying: “An unspoken truth of the climate-change crusade is this: anything the US does to reduce emissions won’t matter much to global temperatures. US cuts will be swamped by the increases in India, Africa and especially China. Look no further than China’s boom in new coal-fired electricity.” (As reported earlier this month by Carbon Brief
, China’s emissions fell a record 8% in the second quarter of this year, extending what was already the longest sustained drop in recent history. Additions of new coal power are at their lowest level in five years and coal consumption has been falling for the past year
Elsewhere, water authorities will “venture further into the heart of China’s biggest freshwater lake to tap supplies as drought plagues
the Yangtze River”, among “other parts of the country”, South China Morning Post
writes. It adds that, according to authorities in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, conditions had “eased with rainfall but the drought was far from over and could be severe during autumn and winter”.
Elsewhere, the state-run newspaper China Daily
reports that a project of building a gas-fired power plant by China Energy, a state-owned mining and energy company, is “expected to be completed by the end of next year”. The project is part of the “belt and road” initiative and will provide about 8% of Uzbekistan’s installed power generation capacity, generating up to 10TWh (terawatts hours) of electricity per year, the outlet says. Finally, Reuters
writes that oil prices “settled higher” on Monday, “shaking off weaker demand expectations as supply concerns mount heading into the winter”. The newswire adds that China’s oil demand could “contract for the first time in two decades this year” as Beijing’s “zero-Covid policy keeps people at home during holidays and reduces fuel consumption”.