Renewables and Alternative Energy

Global Growth – the Story at China Wind Power 2011

China once again hosted its largest wind power expo, China Wind 2011, surpassing last year’s exhibition with the number of companies and the exhibition floor space increasing by 50%. Not surprisingly for an event in Beijing, the China market continued to be a major focus, but this year there was much more sense of a global market with increasing interest in new emerging markets, in particular Latin America.

Bo Kong

Bo Kong is the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies.

He is also Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Senior Associate in the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), member of the Advisory Board for the Revenue Watch Institute, member of the International Editorial Board for the Universiti of Kebangsaan Malaysia’ journal—JEBAT: Mal

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Dept. of International and Area Studies
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bo.kong@ou.edu
(405) 325-1584

China’s Competitive Advantage in the Solar Industry: How Advantageous is it Really?

In the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy and amidst reports of an impending trade dispute against China’s solar subsidies, many are asking how US solar manufacturers can possibly compete with Chinese manufacturers. Sure, Chinese solar companies now dominate global solar photovoltaic (PV) markets (see figure below), but that does not mean the US is not still playing an important role in the solar industry. If we just look at how many solar panels are being manufactured here, we miss the more important metric—the total value created by the solar industry in the United States. A significant portion of the revenue from solar projects comes not from manufacturing the panels themselves, but site preparation and system installation, which must be done locally with local jobs.

Worldwatch Report: Green Economy and Green Jobs in China

Aurthors Dr. Jihua Pan, Haibing Ma, and Dr. Ying Zhang discuss the potential for China’s green development strategy to generate jobs in energy, transportation, and forestry in a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

“Over the past decade, and especially during the 11th Five-Year period of 2006–10, China has prioritized green development in almost all of its leading economic sectors.

ChinaFAQs: China’s Energy Conservation Accomplishments of the 11th Five Year Plan

Key Points

  • China’s mounting energy demand spurred by rapid economic growth prompted important energy-saving measures in its 11th Five Year Plan.
  • Researchers found that many projects conceived to improve energy intensity were on track to meet or surpass their goals, while others have lagged.
  • The study offers recommendations for strengthening future efforts.

China Increasingly Attractive for Renewable Energy Investment

China has remained the most attractive destination for clean energy investment for a full year, followed by the U.S., according to the most recent Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices compiled by consulting firm Ernst & Young. The report showed China increasing its rating from 71 to 72 on a 100-point scale last quarter, followed by the U.S. unchanged at 67. As Bloomberg reports, the report attributed China’s gain to its increased focus on offshore wind and concentrated solar power, in addition to new renewable energy targets in its 12th Five Year Plan.

FACT CHECK DEPARTMENT: ChinaFAQs Experts Finamore, Levi Comment on Lomborg

In a recent exchange, ChinaFAQs experts set the record straight on China’s clean energy actions in commenting on an op-ed by Bjorn Lomborg.

China’s Energy and Climate Initiatives: Successes, Challenges, and Implications for U.S. Policies

On April 5, 2011, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and ChinaFAQs held a briefing on China’s increasing role in advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate policies. China is a leader in the deployment of clean energy technologies, and the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines and solar panels. The United States and China cooperate on a number of clean energy initiatives, producing benefits for both countries.

Presentation by Joanna Lewis: China’s Energy and Climate Initiatives: Progress on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Download Joanna Lewis’ presentation outlining China’s progress in developing and deploying a variety of renewable technology.

Testimony by Kelly Sims Gallagher Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, March 17, 2011

Chairman Bingaman, Senator Murkowski, and other members of the Committee, thank you very much for inviting me to testify before you today on the topic of global investment trends in clean energy technologies1, and the impact of domestic policies on that investment. I am Kelly Sims Gallagher, a professor of energy and environmental policy at The Fletcher School, at Tufts University. I direct our program on Energy, Climate, and Innovation, and concurrently serve as a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center in the Harvard Kennedy School. I served as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management last summer where I conducted research on global energy commercialization, with emphasis on the role of China.