The Causes of China’s Power Shortages in December 2020

The Causes of China’s Power Shortages in December 2020

Provinces in central and eastern China have been suffering from power shortages in December. Many of us who watch China’s energy sector have been commenting for the last few years about the apparent excess generating capacity in China’s electrical … Continue Reading ››

Is 2020 a Critical Juncture for China’s Low-Carbon Energy Transition?

Is 2020 a Critical Juncture for China’s Low-Carbon Energy Transition?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created what can be termed a critical juncture from the perspective of the low-carbon transition. Nations have the opportunity to use their economic recovery plans to accelerate this transition. Whilst some countries, generally … Continue Reading ››

Singapore to Import Electricity from Malaysia

Singapore to Import Electricity from Malaysia

On 26th October 2020, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry announced that Singapore plans to import electricity from Malaysia, starting with a two-year trial, with the eventual aim of enhancing the share of clean energy on the country power mix.

Historical context

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China’s recent energy market reforms will underperform

China’s recent energy policy initiatives will underperform

China’s government has taken a number of steps to reform its energy sector, diversify the number of actors and increase the role of market forces. However, the state retains a dominant position in the sector and so the impact of the reforms … Continue Reading ››

State versus market in China’s low-carbon energy transition: An institutional perspective

State versus market in China’s low-carbon energy transition: An institutional perspective

China has taken great strides over the last 15 years to constrain the rise of CO2 emissions from its energy sector. Energy intensity has declined, the installed capacity for wind and solar energy has soared, and the share … Continue Reading ››

China’s growing coal-fired power generation capacity

China’s growing coal-fired power generation capacity

China’s power companies are reported to have resumed the construction of large numbers of coal-fired power plants, despite a massive excess of generating capacity. Investment in non-fossil fuel capacity also proceeds. The government continues to deploy low-carbon policies and is introducing competition … Continue Reading ››

China Shakes up its Pipeline Network

China Shakes up its Pipeline Network

The national oil companies (NOCs), principally PetroChina, have played a central role in building up and operating China's network of pipelines over the last 20 years. However, the dominance of these enterprises over the network and the lack of an enforced third-party access … Continue Reading ››

China’s clean energy drive faces constraints

China's clean energy drive faces constraints

Clean energy remains at the heart of China’s strategy to reduce air pollution and constrain the rise of carbon emissions. However, constraints to the successful implementation of these policies remain in the short-term. These include moves to stimulate the economy, a relaxation of … Continue Reading ››