January 29, 2011

China will exceeded US electricity generation in early 2011 and forecasts to 2012

US electrical generation as about 4100 TWH in 2010

China's electricity use may rise 9 percent to 4500 TWH in 2011, slowing from a 15 percent gain in 2010.

EIA expects total U.S. consumption of electricity to fall slightly during 2011 and then grow by 2.6 percent in 2012.

China may add 80 gigawatts of power generation capacity in 2011, bringing total capacity to 1,040 gigawatts.

The USA has about 1,030 gigawatts of power generation capacity.

By the end of 2011, China's hydropower capacity may reach 220 gigawatts and nuclear power capacity may total 11.74 gigawatts. More than 14 gigawatts of windpower and 500 megawatts of solar capacity may be added this year.

China’s power generation capacity reached 960 gigawatts at the end of 2010, including 700 gigawatts of thermal power capacity, 210 gigawatts of hydropower, 10.8 gigawatts of nuclear power and 31.07 gigawatts of windpower.

Demand for natural gas may rise to 130 billion cubic meters this year from 110 billion in 2010 as pipeline coverage expands, NEA said. China’s gas production may increase 16 percent to 110 billion cubic meters.

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