August 27 – The daily earnings of China's top three oil giants – PetroChina, Sinopec and CNOOC – totaled 712 million yuan in 1H 2013, up 11% from a year earlier, according to their interim results. Their combined revenue and profit was 2.63 trillion yuan and 129 billion yuan respectively.

August 22 – Electricity generated by nuclear power totaled 48.19 billion kilowatt hours in 1H 2013, accounting for nearly 2% of the China's total power generation, according to the China Nuclear Energy Association.

August 21 – China's wind power generation capacity with an installed capacity of 6,000 kilowatts or above reached 79 billion kilowatt hours in the first 7 months of 2013, up 38.2% from the same period of last year, according to the China Electricity Council. The growth rate was slower than the 41% in 2012 and the 60% in 2011.

August 20 – China's goal to produce a total of 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas in the 5 years through 2015 can hardly be fulfilled due to numerous impediments, the Securities Times reported, citing industry experts. Shale gas output totaled just 25 million cubic meters in 2011 and 2012, leaving the 6.5 billion-cubic-meter target by 2015 unachievable, even in a longer period. Costly extraction due to technical barriers and a lack of supporting policies have cut profits and therefore discouraged shale gas developers from operating in this field.

August 19 – China plans to cut electricity prices by the end of this year in the wake of continued sharp falls in coal prices, said an official with the National Development and Reform Commission. A preliminary plan has been drafted and electricity prices are expected to decrease in as early as October, according to the source.

August 19 – 28.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas was used for power generation in China last year, and the amount is expected to rise to 31.1 billion cubic meters this year, Hexun, without saying where it got the numbers. There were 50 functional gas power plants in China as of the end of 2012, with a total installed capacity of almost 40 gigawatts, which represented 3.5% of the nation's total power generation capacity.

August 14 – China's power consumption rose 8.8% year on year to 495 billion kilowatt hours in July, but the strong growth was due largely to the hot weather rather than industrial consumption, according to the National Energy Bureau.

August 12 – China's monthly net oil imports are expected to exceed the US again in October and become the world's largest net oil importer by 2014 as the US's oil consumption plateaus and domestic production grows, according to the US Energy Information Administration. China first eclipsed the US's monthly net oil imports in December 2012.

August 9 – The value of output from China's energy conservation and environmental protection is estimated to grow 15% annually to 4.5 trillion yuan in the 5 years through 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

August 9 – China's power generation rose 8.1% year on year to 479.5 billion kilowatt hours in July, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

August 6 – China's liquefied natural gas plants decided to raise the ex-factory price of by 27% to 1.89 yuan/cubic meter, according to monitoring agencies. It is believed the price hike was prompted by a more than 100% rise in liquefied natural gas raw material prices.

August 2 – Output from China's clean energy industry amounted to 320 billion yuan in 2012 after growing over 10% annually during the recent years, according to the China International Cleaning Industry Expo. The industry involves energy conservation, environmental protection, alternative energy, new materials and vehicles powered by clean energy.

July 31 – The State Council has approved a series of policies that support the growth of green and low-carbon industries, the Shanghai Securities News reported, citing Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission. It is projected that China will invest a total of 2.3 trillion yuan in energy saving and emissions reductions projects, including 1.8 trillion yuan in renewable energy.

July 31 – China's investment in clean energy rose 63% quarter on quarter to $13.8 billion in Q2 2013, the largest amount worldwide, according to Bloomberg data. The US's investment was $9.5 billion, the world's second largest, and its 155% quarter on quarter growth was the fastest in Q2 2013. The World's total investment in clean energy was $53.1 billion in Q2 2013, up 22% from a quarter earlier.

July 26 – China's installed power generation capacity is expected to total 1.23 billion kilowatt hours by the end of 2013, ranking first worldwide, according the China Electricity Council. Close to 90 million kilowatt hours of power generation capacity is expected to be installed in 2013, including 47 million kilowatt of renewable energy capacity, 40 million kilowatt of coal fired capacity and 2.21 million kilowatt of nuclear power.

July 24 – China's subsidy for photovoltaic power generation has been set at 0.42 yuan/kilowatt hour, close to the 0.45 yuan/kilowatt hour ceiling proposed by the National Energy Administration.

July 24 – China's hydropower generation rose 8.5% year on year to 83.6 billion kilowatt hours in June, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.


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