(Yicai Global) March 8 -- At the two sessions, some members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference with key nuclear power industry positions proposed that the government take steps to ensure sufficient nuclear energy consumption.
They suggested that the government specify nuclear electricity management measures, encourage increased -- even full-capacity -- operation of nuclear power plants and promote concentrated interregional transmission to make sure nuclear power is used adequately, The Paper reported.
Under the economic new normal, adjustments in China's power industry structure and a slowing demand for electricity have led to nuclear power being underused.
Some nuclear units have had to slow or even shut down.
The annual capacity of nuclear power stations in China totaled 242.8 billion kilowatt-hours last year, but various factors caused a total power loss of 46.2 billion kwh and a nuclear abandonment rate at 19 percent, which is equivalent to the complete shut-down of nearly seven nuclear production facilities in a year, China Electricity Council data shows.
The service time of nuclear power equipment fell for the third year in a row to 7,042 hours, a year-on-year decline of 361 hours and falling for three consecutive years.
The central government supports greater nuclear output, but the local governments prioritize the interests of local power companies, insiders noted. The wind power and photovoltaic industries are facing similar dilemmas.
There are 35 nuclear power units in China with a total capacity of 33.6 million kilowatts, accounting for about 3 percent of the country's total generated power.
China is building more new nuclear capacity than any other country. The national nuclear power plan targets a capacity of about 30 million kw and a construction scale of at least 30 million kw from 2016 to 2020. China's installed capacity is set to reach 58 million kw, ranking second in the world, by 2020.