Energy Transition Research Institute

China's Future Generation 2.0 Released on 2 December

China’s Future Generation 2.0: Assessing the Potential for Maximum Renewable Power Sources in China to 2050 was released on 2 December 2015 in Paris. The study models China’s electric power future out to 2050 and explores the potential for reducing carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur emissions as well as the cost of providing a reliable power supply. Contact us for more detail. A free copy of the report is available here.

China's Power Sector Shapes the Global Future

Few people shape the physical world more than those who control the Chinese electric power system. China’s power grids supply the world’s fastest growing major economy. But China’s power plants emit more carbon than the entire nation of India and its dams impound twice as much river water as Europe’s. The scale of these comparisons raises questions: What will it cost—in money and resources and global change—to power China’s future? Entri has devoted the last three years to developing the most advanced tool outside of China for analyzing China’s power sector and projecting its future. Our model of the Chinese power sector incorporates all of the technology choices before thepower planners, including generation, transmission, distribution, and demand management. Will China’s future grid perpetuate the use of coal and destructive hydropower? Will China build a state-of-the art power grid based on intermittent renewable resources? Will China be able to cap its use of coal and carbon dioxide emissions? If so, what will it cost? To answer these questions themselves, readers may explore the following studies:

China’s Future Generation: A study of the potential for renewable power on an hourly basis through 2050, performed for the World Wildlife Fund U.S.

A cost analysis of supply and demand technologies available for use in China performed in cooperation with the former State Electricity Reform Commission.

• A study of the benefits and costs of a rivers conservation scenario in China, conducted for International Rivers in Beijing.

• A detailed methodology for modeling the Chinese power sector.









In memory of Jack Gibbons

Our great friend, mentor, colleague, and chairman died on 17 July 2015 at age 86.

Jack was a giant of science policy. He defined energy conservation as we know it today as an academic, author, and official. He served as the first director of the first U.S. government energy conservation office. He led the Office of Technology Assessment in Congress and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy through the 1980s and 1990s.

What we loved most about Jack was his sense of wonder combined with a physicist’s “no-such-thing-as-a-free-lunch” discipline. He created unparalleled opportunities for us and scores of others.

We invite you to view the lengthy obituary published by the Washington Post: John H. Gibbons, science adviser to Congress and Clinton, dies at 86,” by Matt Schudel, 30 July 2015.