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China's April power capacity near record

Staff Writer | May 17, 2017
China's installed power capacity rose 7.6 percent to the second-highest on record in April, with coal accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total, even as the country has pledged to curb excess and shift to cleaner power.
China power capacity
Asia   Growth has slowed every month since July last year
Capacity rose to 1,613.25 gigawatts (GW) by the end of April, just shy of December's record 1,645 GW, National Energy Administration (NEA) data showed, in line with China's expansion to keep pace with its industrial demand.

That was up 7.6 percent from a year earlier and 0.3 percent from March

The total takes the world's second-largest economy closer to its target of 2,000 GW by 2020, as outlined in the current five-year plan.

Beijing's push to curb excesses in its power capacity showed some signs of taking effect, with the year-on-year growth rate at its lowest since at least 2010, according to historic data.

The 7.6 percent rise compares with double-digit percentage increases for most of 2016.

Growth has slowed every month since July last year and has not fallen below 8 percent since at least the end of 2010, data shows.