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Obama-Xi Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change Promises Much-Needed Reform of Generator Dispatch in China

By Max Dupuy
In China, generator dispatch—which largely determines how the vast fleet of power plants are used on an hour-by-hour basis—has long been inefficient and a major obstacle to meeting China’s air quality and clean energy goals. In addition to the curtailment of wind, solar, and hydro energy, inefficient dispatch means that relatively dirty coal-fired power pla... Read More

New Chinese Air Law Integrates Energy and Environmental Policy

By Christopher James
The National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted revisions to China’s air law on August 29th that will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Last revised in 2000, the new law is intended to respond to and reduce the severe air pollution that has plagued many Chinese cities and regions in the last several years. Though details are still being sorted out, and an Engli... Read More

Deepening Power Sector Reform in China: The Essential Role of Power Sector Planning

By Max Dupuy
The Power Sector Reform guidance issued in March recognizes the need for a major revamp of power sector planning, and official announcements indicate that the 13th Five-Year Plan is taking up the task. This will be very important for reaching the Chinese government’s goals for the power sector—including goals for emissions reduction—at reasonable cost. ... Read More

Hit the Ground Running on EPA’s Clean Power Plan: 12 Steps for Effective, Least-Cost Compliance

By John Shenot, Ken Colburn
EPA is expected to finalize its Clean Power Plan (also known as its “111(d) rule”) today. Once published in the Federal Register, states may have only one year (or in some cases, two years) to develop initial compliance plans, so the pressure to move quickly will be extraordinary. A game plan will help officials responsible for a state’s compliance plan str... Read More


By Max Dupuy
今年3月发布的新电改方案认识到对电力行业规划改革的需求,在《国家能源局关于推进简政放权放管结合优化服务的实施意见》中也提出,按照计划组织开展好“十三五”能源规划以及电力等多个配套专项规划的编制工作。这对以合理的成本来实现中国电力行业的目标(包括... Read More


By David Crossley
在一些国家,电力公司将终端能源效率作为一项资源,用以满足客户的能源服务需求。能效被看作是一种具有成本效益的供应侧资源来进行投资,等同于建设电厂和扩建电网。按照这种认识,提高能效将能够为电力系统、电力用户、以及整个社会带来多种效益。 2011年,中国... Read More

Increasing Opportunities for Utility Delivery of DSM and Energy Efficiency in China

By David Crossley
In several jurisdictions around the world, electric utilities employ end-use energy efficiency as a resource in meeting their customers’ needs for energy services. Energy efficiency is seen as a cost-effective alternative to investing in supply-side resources, such as building power plants and expanding the electricity grid. Used in this way, energy efficiency... Read More

Reliability Standard: I Do Not Think it Means What you Think it Means

By Michael Hogan
Much like the character Inigo Montoya who, in the movie The Princess Bride questions Vizzini’s relentless repetition of the word “inconceivable,” I find myself wondering whether many of those who insist over and over again that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will “threaten reliability” actually understand how we’ve gone about setting, interpretin... Read More

Brussels, Don’t Leave Customer Participation in the Electricity Market to the Incumbents!

By Philip Baker
Allowing customers to participate directly in electricity markets is crucial both to making those markets more efficient and to reducing the costs of integrating renewable energies. The Commission’s Energy Union Market Design Initiative currently under development represents a unique opportunity to facilitate this participation and ensure that all Europe’s ci... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: Just Say, “No Regrets”

By John Shenot, David Farnsworth
Much of the controversy associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan has to do with disputes about whether the agency has the authority to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants based only on what is achievable “inside the fence” of regulated power plants, or both inside and outside the fence. W... Read More