Association Webinars: Reforming China's Electricity Sector: The Potential Gains and Pitfalls



China announces its target of carbon neutrality by 2060. As the major contributor of carbon emissions, the electricity sector in China experiences significant market reform. In this webinar, we will discuss the potential impacts of such market reform measures. We will first discuss by establishing a competitive electricity wholesale market in China's electricity sector, what will be the welfare incidence as well as the redistribution effects among generators and consumers. Moreover, we show the impacts of transitioning from the uniform power plant dispatch to market-based dispatch within the Southern Grid territory. Finally, we will also discuss the potential pitfalls and recommendations for China's ongoing power sector reform.


Dr. Lin Zhang is an assistant professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong, with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Policy. Zhang's research aims to develop improved quantitative modelling approaches for the design, evaluation, and upgrade of sustainable energy policies at local, regional, and global levels. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in economics from ETH Zurich, double bachelor degrees from Peking University.


Dr. Feng Song is an associate professor at Renmin University of China. Her research focuses on China's energy economics and current research topics include energy efficiency, renewable energy development and power sector reform of China. Before she joined Renmin University, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics. She has published papers in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Energy, Energy Economics and Energy Policy.

Ms. Xu Liu is a Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her recent research focuses on the energy and power system modelling and greenhouse gases mitigation in China. Prior to joining LBNL, Xu worked at Resources for the Future in Washington D.C. Xu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, both from Peking University, and a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Yale University.

Dr. Michael Davidson is an assistant professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Jacobs School of Engineering, at UC San Diego. Michael Davidson's research focuses on the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying renewable energy at scale. He is particularly interested in systems within emerging electricity markets, including China and India, as well as the western U.S. Michael received his Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from MIT.


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