(March 31, 2006) The extreme lack of water, due to a drought in Sichuan province, has seriously affected the ability to generate power. The province has prepared its last remaining backup coal-fueled generator as the power grid strains to supply electricity.
(March 15, 2006) Investors are hoping China’s big generating companies will be able to grow bigger in a restructuring which is believed to be imminent. By 2008, the largest grid is expected to be in operation, centred on the Three Gorges Dam.
(February 14, 2006) Beijing is banking on new foreign money to help the domestic power industry become more market-oriented, but only a few foreign players remain interested in China.
(February 2, 2006) While China needs to attract outside investment, foreigners have stayed away from the market after several cases of the Chinese reneging on power puchasing deals.
(January 16, 2006) Overseas power firms have long been wary of moving into China, largely due to a murky regulatory climate and inconsistent tariff scheme. But Beijing’s blueprint for market-oriented reform has aroused foreign investor interest, Reuters reports.
(January 10, 2006) China missed its energy saving target last year, a top official said on Wednesday, but Beijing is cracking down on major companies that ignored environmental rules as sustainable development moves up the government agenda.
(August 9, 2005) Lin Boqiang, a leading Chinese energy economist with the Asian Development Bank, warns of the impending overproduction of power in China, a long-term problem that he says will be more serious than the short-term shortages the country has experienced.
(September 1, 2004) A report from the World Bank detailing China’s efforts to utilize the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.
(August 29, 2002) As pollution worsens in China, Beijing is under pressure to develop sources of renewable energy. Unfortunately, it includes large-scale hydropower in that category despite the environmental damage caused by big dams.
(March 21, 2002) ‘While going green has consensus with the Chinese leadership, much depends on government will if renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal are to emerge as significant sources in China’s overall energy mix.’
(January 20, 2002) ‘While striving to secure foreign oil and gas to fuel sizzling economic growth of more than 9 percent a year, [China] is struggling to limit soaring reliance on outside supplies by increasing nuclear and hydroelectric power.’
(November 5, 2001) ‘Both the coal mining and power generating sectors are facing possible overcapacity this year, which offers a golden opportunity for promoting market-orientated reforms,’ a commentator writes.
(December 6, 2000) China’s environmental degradation from its rapid, no-holds barred industrialisation has reached the point where it is now interfering with future growth. Bodies such as the World Bank have estimated that the cost of environmental pollution is equivalent to several percentage points of GDP.
(January 3, 2000) Plans have been launched to make both residential and office buildings more energy efficient. In the first five months of the year, industrial policymakers announced three sets of new national standards. They are regulations on energy saving for civil buildings, standards for residential buildings and technical evaluations of residential constructions.
(January 28, 1999) A reform designed to bring competition to China’s electricity supply could be good news for consumers but bad for foreign businesses, which say the new policies may slow investment.