In an interview with Biz Asia, RAP principal David Moskovitz highlights the potential for energy efficiency to help China meet its air quality targets. China’s Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (2013-2017) calls for reducing coal usage in the electricity sector, increasing the amount of renewable energy, and reducing levels of particulate matter in the air. Recognizing that China uses more energy per unit of GDP than most developed countries, Mr. Moskovitz calls for, “internalizing energy efficiency so that it’s a real investment opportunity for many businesses, including the power sector.” Reducing energy waste will help reduce the amount of pollution generated and reduce the need for new coal-fired power plants.
Recommendations for Power Sector Policy in China: Practical Solutions for Energy, Climate, and Air Quality draws on RAP’s international experience to offer practical recommendations for meeting China’s air quality and energy goals. We discuss several key areas at the heart of China’s power sector challenges, including energy efficiency, planning, resource acquisition, generator dispatch, retail pricing, renewables integration, grid company regulation, and coal quality.
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