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Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson

China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]


Spilled Wind: An Update on China's Wind Integration Challenges

March 4, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinesse Wind Energy and Problems


According to tallies by the National Energy Administration, China added 14 gigawatts of grid-connected wind power capacity in 2013, the fifth consecutive year with installs of over 10 GW. Estimates of wind curtailment in 2013 show improvements over 2012, but the problem is far from solved.[read more]


China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

February 3, 2014 by Michael Davidson

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]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime: On the Road to Lima (Part II)

November 26, 2013 by Michael Davidson

UN Climate Talks

Continuing straight through Friday night and into Saturday, the Warsaw climate talks met the bare minimum of progress to keep parties on track to sign a climate agreement in Paris in 2015. A lot of unanswered questions remain, and we can expect more tough and drawn-out negotiations in Lima.[read more]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime (Part I) (Updated)

November 24, 2013 by Michael Davidson

United Nations and Climate Change


Two weeks at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (COP19) have passed, and talks continued well into early Saturday. As I wrote earlier, this conference was an important step on the way to Paris in 2015, when an international treaty for action on climate change post-2020 will be sought.[read more]


Why UN Climate Talks Are Still Relevant: Report from COP 19 in Warsaw

November 18, 2013 by Michael Davidson

We are heading into the second week of UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (refered to as COP 19), where 194 countries are busy laying the groundwork for an international treaty hopefully to be concluded by 2015. Created under the auspices of the UNFCCC, this would be a first-of-its-kind agreement to guide global action from 2020.[read more]


Transforming China's Grid: Sustaining the Renewable Energy Push

September 25, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Renewables in China

China's deployment of renewable electricity generation is truly unprecedented. But facing the challenges of inefficient deployment and huge projected costs to support expected growth, what has worked in the past may not in fact be sustainable.[read more]

Transforming China's Grid: Integrating Wind Energy Before It Blows Away

August 14, 2013 by Michael Davidson

China Wind Energy Integration

China’s is perhaps the largest yet most inefficient wind power system in the world. Eyeing 2020 targets, operators are confronting a vexing decision: continue the status quo of rapidly expanding wind deployment, or focus more on greater integration through targeted reforms.[read more]


Transforming China’s Grid: Will Coal Remain King in China’s Energy Mix?

July 23, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Transforming China's Grid

China’s coal sector from mine to boiler is undergoing a massive consolidation designed to increase efficiency. Coal’s supreme position in the energy mix appears to be unassailable. Scratch deeper and challenges begin to surface.[read more]


Transforming China's Grid: Obstacles on the Path to a National Carbon Trading System

July 11, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Transforming China's Grid

This is the first post of a multi-part series on Transforming China’s Grid, where I will be critically examining China’s efforts to reinvent and decarbonize its power sector and related energy goals.[read more]