Power Sector Reform in China

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Friday, September 15, 2017

On September 14, 2017, Berkeley Lab's Jiang Lin gave a lecture at Peking University's National School of Development that focused on China’s power system reform under the economic “New Normal” and climate change.

Dr. Lin's presentation first reviewed the history of power sector reform in California and then discussed power overcapacity issues in China. Later, Dr. Lin re-assessed China’s electricity demand under the economic “New Normal”, building on studies conducted by Lin and his colleagues, which showed a decoupling of GDP growth and electricity demand. In the end Lin summarized lessons from the power sector reform in the United States and raised future research questions on power sector reform and policies in China.

Professor Xu Jintao, Associate Dean of the National School of Development and Professor of Economics and Director at the China Center for Energy and Development of National School of Development hosted the workshop.  Professors and graduate students of the National School of Development participated in this workshop and exchanged ideas on power sector issues.

Dr. Jiang Lin is the Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a Staff Scientist at its China Energy Group, and a Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.