Energy Blue Print
Key results - China

Moving from principles to action for energy supply that mitigates against climate change requires a long-term perspective. Energy infrastructure takes time to build up; new energy technologies take time to develop. Policy shifts often also need many years to take effect. In most world regions the transformation from fossil to renewable energies will require additional investment and higher supply costs over about twenty years

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future costs of electricity generation

Figure 5.127 shows that the introduction of renewable technologies under the Energy [R]evolution scenario slightly increases the costs of electricity generation in China compared to the Reference scenario. However, this difference will be less than 0.4 cent/kWh up to 2020, if the price pathway for fossil fuels defined in Chapter 4 is applied. Because of the lower CO2 intensity of electricity generation, electricity generation costs will become economically favourable under the Energy [R]evolution scenario and by 2050 costs will be $ 6.3 cents/kWh below those in the Reference version.

Under the Reference scenario, by contrast, unchecked growth in demand, an increase in fossil fuel prices and the cost of CO2 emissions result in total electricity supply costs rising from today’s $ 366 billion per year to more than $ 2,096 billion in 2050. Figure 5.127 shows that the Energy [R]evolution scenario not only complies with China’s CO2 reduction targets but also helps to stabilise energy costs. Increasing energy efficiency and shifting energy supply to renewables lead to long term costs for electricity supply that are 24% lower than in the Reference scenario, including estimated costs for efficiency measures.