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The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

By John A. Mathews and Hao TanThe New York Times has recently carried two important stories on China’s coal consumption, indicating that the situation is even more serious than previously appeared to be the case. On November 3 the...

Posted November 24, 2015    

A "Great Reversal" in China? Coal Continues to Decline with Enforcement of Environmental Laws

By John A. Mathews and Hao TanTwo headline stories dominate discussion of China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a...

Posted August 31, 2015    

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

By John A. Mathews (Lead Author, and Hao TanSummaryWhile China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to...

Posted March 19, 2015    

China's Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution

by John Mathews, Lead Authorand Hao TanSummary: China’s renewable energy revolution is powering ahead, with the year 2013 marking an important inflection point where the scales tipped more towards electric power generated from water, wind and solar...

Posted April 9, 2014