In this testimony, Senior Associate Sarah Forbes describes the state of China’s shale gas industry; governmental policies that will drive its future development in China; the implications of U.S.-China business-to-business partnerships and government-to-government cooperation; and how shale gas development in China and the United States changes the global dynamics of energy security.
New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These
rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring outdated plants will cause shortfalls in electricity capacity. How will EPA mercury rules influence the electricity system? This fact sheet updates earlier assessments by taking a close look at recent studies on the reliability of the electricity grid to answer that question.
The story of the Chinese wind power industry is remarkable. From a
small number of demonstration projects at the beginning of the century,
the Chinese wind power market has grown to become the world’s largest.
At the end of 2010, it overtook the United States to become the leader in terms of cumulative installed capacity. Even though China used to import 80% of its wind energy equipment, domestic manufacturing has exploded since 2006 and now supplies more than 70% of the domestic market. In 2010, China’s wind power market attracted investments of RMB 89 billion (US$14 billion) and employed over 150,000 people.
The World Resources Institute, with CDKN, has developed a series of policy briefs that highlight how climate compatible development can be achieved in a range of developing countries.
When decision makers in government, business and civil society speak to us about their aims and needs, they often ask about best practice in other countries or, indeed, mistakes to avoid. Key questions usually include:
What are the leading innovations in integrating climate change planning with economic growth strategies and poverty reduction?
What are the biggest challenges faced along the way: institutional, financial, political, technical?
This series of policy briefs aim to answer these questions by exploring the Inside Stories on Climate Compatible Development.
This brief describes a number of policy tools that can be employed to drive investment in renewable energy technologies and discusses which policy options may be the best fit based on the commercial maturity of a targeted technology.
Global companies are under increasing pressure to be energy efficient, from New York City to
Shanghai. Financing has long been a barrier, but a variety of financing tools can help unlock
capital flows. To help governments and business understand how they can leverage energy
efficiency investment, we explain five public-private financing mechanisms.
By Davida Wood, with Shantanu Dixit (Prayas, India), Chuenchom Sangarasri Greacen (Palang Thai, Thailand), Asclepias Indriyanto (Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics, Indonesia), Bharath Jairaj, Antonio La Vina (Ateneo School of Government, Philippines), and Fabby Tumiwa (Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia) on June 21, 2011
As feed-in tariffs gain traction as a policy mechanism of choice, we must keep in mind the bigger picture of the financial health of developing country electricity sectors.