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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 7710-7724; doi:10.3390/su6117710

Factor Analysis of Residential Energy Consumption at the Provincial Level in China

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School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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China Energy Research Society, Beijing 100045, China
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School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Received: 30 August 2014 / Revised: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 3 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action)
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This paper analyzes the differences in the amount and the structure of residential energy consumption at the provincial level in China and identifies the hidden factors behind such differences. The econometrical analysis reveals that population, economic development level, energy resource endowment and climatic conditions are the main factors driving residential energy consumption; while the regional differences in energy consumption per capita and the consumption structure can be mainly illustrated by various economic development levels, energy resource endowments and climatic conditions. Economic development level has a significant positive impact on the proportion of gasoline consumption, whereas its impact on the proportion of electricity consumption is not notable; energy resource endowment and climatic condition indirectly affect both the proportion of electricity consumption and that of gasoline consumption, primarily through their impacts on the proportions of coal consumption and heat consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: residential energy; economic development level; energy resource endowment; climate change residential energy; economic development level; energy resource endowment; climate change
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Lin, W.; Chen, B.; Luo, S.; Liang, L. Factor Analysis of Residential Energy Consumption at the Provincial Level in China. Sustainability 2014, 6, 7710-7724.

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