The curtailment rates of both wind and solar power continue to drop this year, a result of enhanced efforts to increase the efficient use of renewable power, according to the largest utility company in China.
In recent years, China has been investing more than any other country in wind and solar power, but the mismatch between power generation and utilization has proven problematic for China. The northwest and northeast of China, home to the most wind turbines and solar farms, are the areas most prone to curtailment.
China’s wind installations reached 23,328 MW in 2016, lower than last year. This is partly because the nation’s power grid was unable to handle the volume of new wind capacity, the Global Wind Energy Council pointed out in its annual market report, released in February.