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Daniel Yergin: Looking Back and Forward at Big Trends in Energy

February 25, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Big Trends in Energy

Pulitzer prize-winning author and energy analyst Daniel Yergin kicked off the 2014 MIT Energy Conference Friday by looking back at big changes in the energy landscape since the conference launched in 2006—and ahead at three visions for the future of energy.[read more]

Report: China Outspent US on Smart Grid in 2013

February 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John

After years of predictions that China will take the lead from the United States on smart grid investment, it appears that the moment has arrived. China invested $4.3 billion on smart grid in 2013, far outpacing U.S. spending of $3.6 billion in the same period.[read more]

China Confirms 14 Gigawatts of Solar Energy Incentives for 2014

February 19, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

China will be the number one solar market again in 2014 if it meets its recently announced goals. China's National Energy Administration has set a 2014 goal of incentivizing 14 gigawatts of domestic solar capacity, 6 gigawatts aimed at utility scale and 8 gigawatts aimed at distributed generation.[read more]

Will Japan End its International Isolation on Overseas Coal Lending?

February 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Japan and Coal Lending

As an ever-expanding number of international financial institutions restrict their support for new coal plants overseas the worlds policymakers are now turning their attention to the one nation that stands out for its refusal to join the international community - Japan.[read more]

Fight China's Smog with Ethanol: Interview with Chen Lin

February 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, published and distributed by Taylor Hard Money Advisors Inc. He employs a value-oriented approach and often demonstrates excellent market timing due to his exceptional technical analysis.[read more]

Challenges of Chinese Power Sector Reform [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinese Power Sector Reform

 

At China's Third Plenum last Fall, state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform was envisioned as a key lever for future economic growth. However, it very much remains to be seen just when and how this change will end up impacting the power sector.[read more]

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China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

February 3, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China's Electricity Sector

It is quite a challenge to pin down an electricity system that has grown 10.8 percent annually over the last decade, doubled power generation in just 7 years and added 80-90 gigawatts (GW) – the equivalent of the United Kingdom’s entire generating capacity –every year.[read more]

China's Solar Market Beat All Expectations For 2013

February 1, 2014 by Joshua Hill
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Despite predictions all through 2013 suggesting that Japan would walk away the dominant solar PV market, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revealed that China “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a record 12 GW of photovoltaic projects in 2013.[read more]

Coal, Renewables, and China: Headlines and Bottom Lines

January 27, 2014 by Armond Cohen
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Coal, Renewables, and China

The new year brought some deserved celebration of the advance of renewable energy in China, as the government announced nearly 8 Gigawatts of wind power additions and 3.6 Gigawatts of new solar installed during 2013. But it is important to keep this laudable progress in perspective.[read more]

China's Coal to Gas Plans: Old Wine in New Bottles

January 23, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Natural Gas

The Chinese coal industry has a plan to solve the nations air pollution crisis -- consume more coal. Last week the Chinese chief energy planning agency, the National Energy Administration concluded its annual work session with a plan for for a whopping 50 billion m³ coal-to-gas output target for 2020.[read more]

Converting Coal to Synthetic Natural Gas in China

January 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The International Energy Agency forecasts a slowing of coal demand growth but no retreat in its global use. That won’t surprise energy realists, but the item I wasn’t expecting was the reference in the IEA press release to growing efforts in China to convert coal into liquid fuels and especially synthetic natural gas.[read more]

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China's Per Capita CO2 Emissions Are Now Greater Than Europe's

January 22, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China Per Capita Emissions

Last year China's per capita carbon dioxide emissions almost certainly overtook the European Union's, most likely for the first time in history, and, if current trends continue, by the end of the decade they will actually far exceed them.[read more]

China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

January 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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China and Metering

China, the world’s biggest potential smart meter market, has just set some ambitious goals for pushing smart pricing and energy awareness to the masses. Now, the question is how these lofty goals will be put into effect by the regional governments responsible to fulfill them.[read more]

A Vacation Tainted by China's Toxic Air

January 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China and Air Pollution

Beijing is once again blanketed by record-setting air pollution -- the highest since last January’s “airpocalypse.” Levels of PM2.5 reached 671 micrograms Thursday morning, dramatically reducing visibility and prompting commuters to don industrial-strength face masks.[read more]

China Fights Airpocalypse: A New Air Pollution Initiative That Just Might Work

January 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

There is something new that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems. The Chinese central government has just required roughly 15,000 of the country’s biggest factories to publicly report their air emissions and wastewater discharges continuously.[read more]