Renewable power generation rises 181 pct

By Dat Nguyen   April 8, 2021 | 05:38 pm PT
Renewable power generation rises 181 pct
Workers install solar panels in Ninh Thuan Province, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
Solar and wind power generation in the first quarter rose 181 percent year-on-year to 7.79 billion kilowatt-hours.

It accounted for 13 percent of total power generation, behind coal-fired power at nearly 50 percent and hydropower at 23 percent, according to a recent report by national utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

Total power generation rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 59.65 billion kilowatt-hours, the report said.

Hydropower generation rose 55 percent year-on-year, while that of gas and coal fell 21 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

EVN has announced plans to cut solar and wind power generation by up to 1.74 billion kilowatt-hours in the second half of this year to deal with national grid overload.

It is installing the third circuit of the 500 kilovolt north-south transmission line, the backbone of the grid, which has been operating since 1994.

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