January 17, 2011 / 6:25 AM / in 9 years

UPDATE 1-China power consumption up 14.6 pct in 2010-Xinhua

* Total capacity reached 962 gigawatts at end of 2010

* Proportion of non-fossil fuels inches up to 26.5 percent (Adds details)

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China’s total power consumption in 2010 rose 14.56 percent year on year to more than 4.19 trillion kilowatt-hours, Xinhua News Agency said, citing data from the China Electricity Council (CEC).

Over the course of the year, total installed power capacity increased 10.07 percent to 962 gigawatts.

Hydropower accounted for 213.4 gigawatts, up from 196 GW at the end of 2009, while wind power almost doubled to 31.07 GW. Nuclear power accounted for 10.82 GW, up from 9 GW in the previous year.

The total proportion of non-fossil fuel energy rose to 26.53 percent, up slightly from 25.4 percent in the previous year.

China plans to raise total power capacity to around 1,440 gigawatts by 2015, but government officials hope ambitious wind, hydro and nuclear targets will bring the level of thermal power down to around 67 percent.

For a factbox detailing China’s 2015 power capacity targets, click [ID:nTOE70B02M]

CEC figures also showed that about 11 gigawatts of small thermal power facilities were shut down in 2010 as part of efforts to meet national energy efficiency targets.

Total investment in the power sector fell 8.45 percent in 2010 to 705.1 billion yuan ($107 billion), Xinhua said. ($1=6.587 Yuan) (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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