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Energies 2016, 9(4), 266; doi:10.3390/en9040266

Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction in China’s Power Sector: Alternative Scenarios Up to 2020

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School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, 2# Beinong Road, Changping District, Beijing 102206, China
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School of Physics and Electrical Information Engineering, Ningxia University, 217# Wencui Road, Xixia District, Yinchuan 750021, Ningxia, China
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School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Received: 8 January 2016 / Revised: 22 March 2016 / Accepted: 24 March 2016 / Published: 4 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy and Climate Change 2016)
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This paper discusses energy conservation and emissions reduction (ECER) in China’s power sector. To better understand China’s successes and failures on energy conservation in the electricity industry, first it is important to know the status of China’s power sector, and the key energy conservation actions, as well as the achievements in the past years. Second, two ECER scenarios are constructed to probe the 2020 energy conservation potential. Results show that the potential is estimated to be more than 240 million tons of coal equivalent (Mtce). Third, the improvement of coal power operations, structures and technologies, and ambitious deployment of energy conservation measures are proposed to fully explore the potential of China’s power industry. Fourth, great challenges for China’s ECER and some suggested policies are summed up. The lessons learnt from China will provide a valuable reference and useful inputs for other emerging economies. View Full-Text
Keywords: power sector; energy conservation; emissions reduction; China power sector; energy conservation; emissions reduction; China
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Yuan, J.; Na, C.; Hu, Z.; Li, P. Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction in China’s Power Sector: Alternative Scenarios Up to 2020. Energies 2016, 9, 266.

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