Growth in primary energy consumption in China, 2004-2014, comparing growth in total primary energy consumption with growth in wind and solar energy. Wind and solar grew by 6.97 Mtoe in 2014, a mere 5 percent of the average total growth in primary energy. Graphic: Carbon Counter / Robert Wilson

17 June 2015 (Carbon Counter) – Last year China installed more new wind and solar capacity than any country in history. This is a fact, and it has led some to talk of China being a “renewables powerhouse” and of there being a “renewables revolution”.

But out of context, this fact can be much less impressive than it really is.

Let me put it into context by using the most recent data from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. [more]

There is no renewables revolution in China. Here are the numbers that show this



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