Entries Tagged as 'News & Commentary'

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

6 Things to Know About China’s Power Sector Reform

If you follow China’s energy news, I’m sure by now you’ve heard of China’s “Document No. 9” on deepening power sector reform released last week by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council. You can read a RAP analysis that gives an overview of the reform policy. Here I want to point out […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

What’s China’s Plan for its Energy and Environment?

Initial reports from China’s National People’s Congress are now available. (See links below for English and Chinese versions) Some key points related to energy and environment: 2015 GDP growth target: around 7% Expand electricity price reform pilot program (i.e.from Shenzhen and west Inner Mongolia to more cities/ regions), promote agricultural water price reform, complete energy […]

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Analyzing China’s 4th Plenum Outcomes

China just concluded the 4th Plenum of the powerful Communist Party Central Committee, now let’s take a look at what happened and what did not. 1. The only official document issued so far is the Communique, which summary I’ve given below. 2. No words on the outcoming of Zhou Yongkang, former security czar who has […]

Friday, September 19th, 2014

What’s China’s climate change position going into U.N. Summit and Paris COP?

Planned target: In 2020, CO2 emission per GDP reaches 40-45% reduction to 2005 level. Carbon Trade China is studying about establishing systems that control the total amount of carbon emissions, and hopes to gradually be able to control both the intensity and the quantity of carbon emissions. China wants to speed up the establishment of a […]

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Energy News 9-10-2014

Houston Chronicle – Two more LNG projects cross finish line for exports The Department of Energy has authorized the Cameron LNG project in southwestern Louisiana as well as a much smaller Florida facility. With this approval, these plants become just the second and third facilities in the United States approved to export LNG. The Cameron […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

3 Things to Know about the Russia-China Gas Deal

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Russia-China gas deal that is estimated at $400 billion over the course of 30 years, starting in 2018. There are also a lot of speculations and confusion over the term of the deal, who has got the upper hand, etc. I’d like to chime in on a few […]

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

What Would China’s Carbon Tax Regime Look Like

My Twitter stream is bubbling with excitement about China’s introduction of carbon tax: Quartz, Think Progress, etc. all reported on the Xinhua report, but the larger context is missing and the key questions about the implementation are not answered.   It’s an environmental tax, not a carbon tax The first thing I want to clarify […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Perhaps an Important Article Calling for Reform?

An article published yesterday on CCP’s flagship magazine Qiushi has been receiving a lot of attention. South China Morning Post reports with the startling headline “Reform or perish, journal warns Communist Party“. It is also covered by Xinhua: “CPC magazine praises reform, opening-up policy“. When I first read it, however, I was not impressed: it […]

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

NEA Releases 12th FYP for Solar Power Development

The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) just unveiled the Twelfth Five Year Plan for Solar Power Development (“The Plan”), in which it laid out the general principals, overall goals, and key tasks for China’s solar energy development. The Plan set the goal at 21 GW solar installation capacity by 2015, with an annual power generation of […]

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Chinese Newspaper Gloating over India’s Massive Blackout

Yesterday I wrote something nice about China’s blackout response, and today I read this article a Chinese newspaper 21 Century Economic Report: India’s Massive Blackout Proves “Indian Model” Overrated (in Chinese). It starts with this: The massive blackout in India in the past three days are the most severe power outrage in human history. It […]