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

CCTV-2, the Chinese state-run “finance” channel (that’s only sometimes focused on finance), aired an interesting hour-long debate recently on the future of electricity transmission in China.  It’s hard to imagine primetime coverage of...

Posted April 23, 2014    

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

According to tallies by the National Energy Administration, China added 14 gigawatts (GW) of grid-connected wind power capacity in 2013, now the fifth consecutive year with installs of over 10 GW (here, at a glance, is China’s grid in 2013). Over...

Posted March 4, 2014    

Challenges of Chinese Power Sector Reform [VIDEO]

At China's Third Plenum last Fall, state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform was envisioned as a key lever for future economic growth. It remains to be seen how this will impact the power sector. Of interest, given its numerous challenges (...

Posted February 6, 2014    

China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

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...

Posted February 3, 2014    

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

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 (read all the decisions and a summary). As I wrote previously...

Posted November 26, 2013    

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

Update 7:30pm, Saturday, November 23Decisions have been adopted on the three major elements of COP19: Durban Platform, Loss and Damage, and institutional mechanisms for finance.Update 4:11pm, Saturday, November 23The decision of the Durban Platform...

Posted November 23, 2013    

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

Editor's note: East Winds columnist Michael Davidson is reporting from the ground at the UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw Poland. Read on for his dispatch from the international climate negotiations. Follow him @east_winds.We...

Posted November 18, 2013    

Transforming China's Grid: Sustaining the Renewable Energy Push

China’s deployment of renewable electricity generation – starting with hydropower, then wind, and now biomass and solar – is massive. China leads the world in installed renewable energy capacity (both including and excluding hydro) and has sustained...

Posted September 24, 2013    

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

Wind is China’s fastest growing renewable energy resource. In 2012, 13 gigawatts (GW) were added to the system, and incremental wind electricity production exceeded coal growth for the first time ever. In the same year, unused wind electricity hit...

Posted August 13, 2013    

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

Coal has been the primary fuel behind China’s economic growth over the last decade, growing 10 percent per year and providing three quarters of the nation’s primary energy supply. Like China’s economy, coal’s use, sale and broader impacts are also...

Posted July 23, 2013    

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

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. I begin with China’s efforts to create provincial...

Posted July 10, 2013