That’s great news, and it comes just about all from soaring renewable generation in China, right where it matters most for the climate. The 85% record was as recently as February of this year, and the 73% record is from August, 7% lower than August 2011.
These numbers are from an article in the “Financial Review”, which seems to be an Australian publication aimed at business readers. They don’t like the development, since it means that they have less market for their dirty coal exports to China.
Chinese domestic coal production is also down 5.3%.
They cite an analyst based in Shanghai with the comment “We’ve never seen this happen before.”
I hope that a lot more of the same happens. The Australians will need to find some other way to export energy. With their great desert resources, they could start making some limestone.