A Powerful New Tool for Studying China's Future Generation
We recently upgraded our power sector model to provide an hour-by-hour supply and demand balance projection through the year 2050. In cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund, we have used this model to assess the benefits and costs of a Chinese power future relying mainly on renewable energy sources. A report on this year-long study was released on 19 February 2014 at the Wilson Center in Washington (view a Webcast of the event here). You may download this study here, or request a copy be sent to you by email by writing China8760@etransition.org. The methodology for the new China 8760 Model is also available without charge.
Our earlier work on the power sector remains relevant. The Chinese State Council recently announced broad policy guidance to reduce air pollution and this policy will affect electric power sector development. For example, it will encourage coal-fired power generation to move to the west and north. It discourages gas-fired baseload power generation, but encourages hydropower and nuclear power. (See, "Action Plan for Preventing Air Pollution," in Chinese.) Entri’s 2012 study of China Power anticipated many of these changes and examined the benefits and the costs of deploying a wide range of technologies to satisfy China’s demand for electric power.
Entri's experts maintain a working partnership with China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) to prepare China’s provincial leaders for the increasingly difficult task of reducing China’s carbon footprint. Our recent efforts have included:
• Supporting ERI in training activities for provincial policy-makers and officials on energy efficiency
• Presenting state-of-the-art information on energy-efficiency best practice at both the local and national levels.
• Making recommendations for ERI’s use to provide advice and information to the Chinese central government.
Our paper, “State and Federal Jurisdictions in U.S. Energy Efficiency Policy,” published in China Energy, is available in Entri publications.