When China’s Solar Power Company Sells Its Electricity to Europe and the U.S., Its Power Plants Are Shutting Down
The Solar Power China Company is being forced to shut down two of its five coal-fired power plants in the northern city of Hubei, a move that could be devastating to its future energy plans.
According to a statement issued by the company on Wednesday, the plants, at the Zhenjiang-Jiangshan coal plant and the Jiuzhong-Jiashan power plant in the north, will be shut down in the coming weeks, following a joint inspection with local authorities.
“The power plants will be decommissioned in the first half of 2018, after which they will be used for other purposes,” the statement read.
China’s new energy policy will see the country’s power grids shut down from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022.
The decision to shut these plants down came after China’s energy department conducted a comprehensive investigation into the power plant, the Associated Press reported.
In April, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIPIT) released an assessment that said the power plants were not in compliance with the countrys environmental laws, which means they were likely to cause significant air pollution.
As the AP reports, China has been pushing for a “green revolution” in its energy sector since the 1970s, but its emissions of greenhouse gases are rising.
“We are committed to achieving a green revolution in the energy sector,” the Chinese Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning said in a statement announcing the closure of the power stations.
“China has made great progress in reducing CO2 emissions over the past two decades and it has been achieved without relying on fossil fuels.
In addition to the green revolution, we also need to maintain our environment, the environment of our people and the environment and people’s health of our environment,” the ministry said.
The Hubeian coal plant was one of the countryís biggest.
It produces about 50 percent of Chinas electricity, according to the AP.
China has previously closed coal-powered plants in Tibet, Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet, Xinjiang, the South China Sea, and in the Northern Territories.
The solar power company, founded in the early 1990s, has operated a large coal-to-solar converter in Hubeish since 2007.
However, the coal-generated electricity was phased out in the last decade, due to the rising cost of renewable energy and the country′s severe air pollution problems.
The coal-burning power plants have been plagued with health and environmental issues since the early 2000s, according the AP, including smog and toxic smog.
In June, China imposed new rules on the coal sector to cut emissions and protect public health, the AP reported.
The country currently generates more greenhouse gas emissions than any other country in the world, according a 2016 report by the International Energy Agency.
The Chinese government has promised to drastically cut CO2 pollution by 2030, according Reuters.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Yan Zhu, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“I think the announcement of shutting down coal- and nuclear-powered power plants is a big step in the right direction, but there is still more to do,” he added.