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China’s Smart Grid Ambitions Could Open Door to US-China Cooperation

Posted in Electricity, Renewable Energy, smart grid, US-China by ebalkan on June 5, 2009
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China's Power Sector Investment

China’s largest electric transmission company has announced an ambitious plan to develop a national smart grid by 2020 that would help utilities and their customers transport and use energy more efficiently.

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Chinese Solar Company Plans U.S. Manufacturing Plant

Posted in Business & Finance, Electricity, Regulations, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on May 14, 2009

shi zhengrong suntech solar US manufacturing plant stimulus texas incentives PV panel largest leader photovoltaic module chinaChina-based solar producer Suntech Power announced plans this week to build a manufacturing facility in the United States to serve the growing U.S. market for large-scale utility projects and to take advantage of government incentives. (more…)

Fortune China’s “25 Powerful People in Business” Suggests Getting Rich, ESG is Glorious

Posted in Automobiles, Business & Finance, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 23, 2009

AUTOSHOW/For the fifth year running, Fortune China has published its “25 Most Influential Business Leaders in China 2008” list, the feature article in the April issue. As in the past, selection was based on “leading executives influential within their corporation and industry, and capable of changing things on a wide scale,” both in China and internationally, said the syndicate.

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Newly Released House Energy and Climate Legislation Contains More Aggressive Measures than Obama Plan

Posted in Environmental Policies, Politics, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 5, 2009

waxmanSenior US Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif) and Ed Markey (D-Mass) released draft cap-and-trade legislation on Tuesday that would reshape US energy and climate policy through drastic cuts in emissions in the next 20 years and significant increases in renewables by 2025.

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China Solar Subsidies Address Economic, not Environmental, Problems [Updated]

Posted in Business & Finance, Environmental Policies, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on April 1, 2009

solar_panel_sun_6201Last week’s news of a sizable and unprecedented subsidy for solar installations in China generated noteworthy commotion in the market, as Chinese solar companies’ share price soared as investors’ rush to snatch up solar stocks, followed by confusion over the terms of the subsidies, disenchantment at the likelihood of eligibility restrictions, and finally malaise as analysts concluded, having clarified the arcane wording of the measure and considered the time lag likely involved, that it was not the golden ticket for which they had hoped.

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TALKING TRASH: Shanghai

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TALKING TRASH: Shanghai explores one city’s measure of success in improving waste treatment by implementing changes at all levels of waste management.

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Outsourcing Toxic Dumping, in the Name of the Environment?

evan071Does the Obama administration have the will to face the prospect that a low cost approach might be inimical to a low carbon strategy, and ensure careful planning and responsible oversight? Or will US officials, keen on building a strong bilateral partnership, overlook the consequences of a business-as-usual scenario in China, permitting environmental degradation as the means to ambitious political ends?

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China’s “Green Economy”: A New Revolution in China?

francesca-tronchinA “green economy” can be built in China in less than 20 years, argues a new McKinsey report. The new study, “China’s Green Revolution,” offers the most comprehensive quantitative analysis to date of China’s abatement cost curve. (more…)

A Chinese T. Boone Pickens?

Posted in Business & Finance, Electricity, Renewable Energy by ebalkan on March 1, 2009

Hong Kong tycoon Stanley Ho is most famous in business for his vast and infamous casino empire and unofficial title as one of Asia’s richest people (his estimated US$8 billion net worth earned him the 113th rank in Forbes’ 2007 list of “the World’s Billionaires”). Might news of his recent clean energy joint venture with Portugal’s top power company bring him a new title: “the Chinese T. Boone Pickens“?

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