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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 ››

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’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 ››

ASEAN Must Act Now to Address its Energy Transition Challenges

ASEAN Must Act Now to Address its Energy Transition Challenges At the recent World Economic Forum on ASEAN, I moderated a session on ASEAN's energy transition. ASEAN is undergoing a phase of sustained economic growth and human development. Urbanisation and industrialisation … Continue Reading ››

The Merger between Shenhua and Guodian

A New Chinese Giant Energy Company: The Merger between Shenhua and Guodian At the end of August 2017, China’s government ended months of speculation by approving the merger between two large state-owned energy companies: the Shenhua Group and the China Guodian Corporation. Shenhua is a major coal-mining company that … Continue Reading ››

Coal consumption in China: where is it heading?

  coal-miners-in-china Coal consumption in China: where is it heading? Coal continues to be the bugbear of China's energy sector. When China’s current leadership took office in late 2012, they laid out a number of key policy priorities directly relevant to the energy sector. These included the broad goals of requiring … Continue Reading ››

China’s falling coal consumption: will the trend continue?

coal and GDP China’s consumption of coal fell in 2014 for the first time in since the 1970s. The exact scale of the decline remains open to interpretation, with different sources reporting different figures on account of the difficulties in obtaining reliable statistics on coal consumption. Estimates suggest that consumption … Continue Reading ››

China acts to restrict coal imports

China_coal_import_364911203China’s government has recently announced two sets of measures to restrict imports of coal: the first seeks to limit the use of dirty coal and the second re-imposes tariffs on imported coal. On 15th September 2014, China’s National Development and Reform Commission issued its “Interim Measures for Quality Management … Continue Reading ››