At China’s Third Plenum last Fall, state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform was envisioned as a key lever for future economic growth. It remains to be seen how this will impact the power sector. Of interest, given its numerous challenges (here, etc.), is 1) how ownership of generation assets is shifting — away from SOEs and between SOEs — and 2) how the central government uses or gives up some of its electricity price-setting power. Recently, I spoke with Channel NewsAsia about some of these challenges.
Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in engineering systems at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to MIT, he was the US-China Climate Policy Coordinator at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC, where he analyzed clean energy developments and helped coordinate advocacy strategies in both countries. In 2008-9, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to China where he researched distributed alternative energy systems and rural development. He holds degrees in physics and Japanese studies from Case Western Reserve University. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelroydavidson