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Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]

Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

April 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

2014 Renewables Growth Sources

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[read more]

The Greening of China's Black Electric Energy System? Insights from 2014 Data

March 19, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China Energy and Fuel Sources

While China’s energy system is still a “black” system depending on fossil fuel, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

December 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments

December 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Climate Commitment?

China’s announcement that it will cap its carbon pollution by 2030 – earlier if possible­­­­­ – and increase the share of non-fossil fuel in its primary energy mix to 20% by the same year, represents a major departure from China’s previous position in the international climate negotiations.[read more]

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Russia's Turn to the East: Expanded Oil and Gas Exports to East Asia Help Reduce Dependence on European Buyers

December 2, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Russia Fuel Export Changes

In large part to decrease dependence on European buyers, Russia is increasing exports of oil and gas to East Asia as it shifts production from mature, declining fields in Western Siberia to untapped resources in the East. Japan and China are major new buyers or Russian oil and gas.[read more]

China Seizes Opportunity to Fill Its Petroleum Reserve. Should Others?

November 3, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The Wall St. Journal reported that state-owned oil companies in China are capitalizing on lower prices to fill their strategic petroleum reserve. The question is whether the US should do the same, particularly since surging oil output from shale deposits is a major factor in the recent rebalancing of the oil market.[read more]

Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

October 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Green Shipping

We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.[read more]

Natural Gas Serves a Small, but Growing, Portion of China's Total Energy Demand

August 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Natural Gas

China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.[read more]

Russia-China Deal Will Supply Siberian Natural Gas to China's Northern, Eastern Provinces

August 22, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Russia and China and Natural Gas

China's natural gas demand has been growing as the government seeks to move away from coal in favor of cleaner fuels. According to EIA's International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) Reference case, demand will more than triple from 5.2 Tcf in 2012 to 17.5 Tcf by 2040.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions

 

In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Will Russia's Gas Deal with China Block Other Suppliers?

June 16, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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$400 billion deals aren't announced every week, although the new natural gas supply agreement between Russia and China had been in the works for some time. However, the crucial element of price apparently wasn't agreed until a negotiating session that lasted until 4:00 AM, Shanghai time.[read more]