China Demands Too Much Energy

by Devon Sarkissian on February 22, 2018 - 6:47pm

China Demands Too Much Energy

In 'Geothermal Energy, a key point in Energy and Development in China’, it is clearly shown that China’s powerful demand for energy is too much for traditional fuel sources to handle.  That is why China has created a clever way of providing energy, called geothermal energy.  The reason they even need to produce a more environmentally friendly energy source is because of the imbalance between energy demand and generation, which causes a colossal impact on economy and social life.  The article explains that China is one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world with a massive population, therefore their ordinary power grids are not strong enough to maintain such high demands.  In addition, these power plants cannot support the insanely high amounts of pollution and fuel cost.  Industrial pollution is so high that it is proportional to China’s economic development.  Because of these many issues, China has created a renewable energy source called geothermal energy.  The text explains that this energy source is the heat that is contained in our planet that is clean and recyclable.  Geothermal energy is emission free and has zero carbon production.  High temperature resources are used for electricity generation and these reservoirs are found along the Himalayan Belt, Tibet, western part of Sichuan and Yunnan.  It is said that in 2050, nearly 50% of new buildings in China will be equipped with geothermal and solar energy.  Hopefully this statement is true because if so, China’s economy, population and energy will be much stronger.

This article really intrigued me because it was so fascinating to read how China’s traditional powerplants are too weak to handle their energy demand.  It was quite eye opening because it proved just how much of a high populated and energy demanding country China truly is.  However, I am left with the question; has China always been so high in energy demand? Or is this more of a modern issue?

 

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Comments

I have chosen to respond to your summary, as I find it interesting how a country with such high productivity can rely on a more environmentally friendly source of energy. Although they were initially leaning towards this healthier method due to their original power grids not being strong enough to handle such high demand, China sees the results of being more economically friendly by using geothermal energy. In addition to that, Beijing has been shutting down more and more coal mines recently, and the Chinese government has officially restricted the construction of new coal power plants (Pham & Rivers, 2017, p. 1). China being a nation that produces an extremely high amount of our day to day appliances, as well as being a very highly populated country, resources are the most used up, but are also the most needed due to the high population growth. That being said, China is still able to remain popular in the market, whilst, at the same time, using more environmentally friendly sources to produce items. By enforcing and encouraging these healthier behaviours for production, the country’s clean energy consumption rose by 12% by the end of 2015 (Pham & Rivers, 2017, p. 1). If China, a country that is already highly polluted and populated, can do it, why can’t we? Lastly, to answer your question “has China always been so high in energy demand? Or is it more of a modern issue?”, I do think it is more of a relatively modern issue. As technology has evolved, I think China took advantage of it (as has most of other countries), in order to be less time-consuming and simply more efficient. As its demand worldwide, in terms of exporting items, has increased, I think that China rose at a very high rate in the business side of things. With that said, I agree when you say this shows how high in energy demand China is in, as actions are finally being taken to improve the environment.

Reference list:

Pham, S., & Rivers, M. (2017). China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy. CNN Tech. Retrieved from http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/18/technology/china-us-clean-energy-solar-f...

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