China Energy Policy Newsletter April 2019


Herein please find this month’s China Energy Policy Newsletter, from the China Energy Transition Working Group, led by GIZ and the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and supported by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).

This month we include an special report of “Energy Transition Trends 2019”. The report summarizes the state of the energy transition in China, the EU, Germany, Denmark and the U.S. The trend is towards an energy system that relies increasingly on decentralized renewable energy and must provide a high degree of flexibility. As the report shows, it is important that short-term energy policy objectives can be regularly re-adjusted, but follow a clear long-term vision. In addition, an integrated, cross-sectoral approach should be increasingly adopted so that generation and consumption of electricity, gas, heat and fuel can be efficiently coordinated.

The report was developed as part of an international project in which partners from China (CNREC), Germany (dena, GIZ, agora Energiewende), Denmark (DEA, EA Energy Analyses) and the U.S. (NREL) work together on solutions for the energy transition and publish the “China Renewable Energy Outlook (CREO)” every year.

Here is a brief summary of this month’s China Energy Policy Newsletter.

Recent project activities

  • Dena, GIZ and CNREC co-hosted DSM Expert Workshop in Beijing

 China Energy Transition Updates

  • Wind and solar are almost competitive with coal in China
  • Tariff set for three recently completed nuclear power plants
  • Three mechanisms for wind and solar development in 2019
  • Grid-connected solar PV provincial development

Policy monitor

  • China to reduce VAT rates for power grid companies
  • 7 GW of poverty alleviation solar PV will receive subsidies
  • MEE launches remote sensing pilots for ecological environment monitoring
  • 2019 city-level air quality control targets and issued
  • More clean energy facilities added to the green industry list

 About the newsletter:

Responding to the imperative of transitioning to a low-carbon and cost-effective energy system in China, CNREC has launched the Boosting Renewable Energy as Part of China’s Energy Revolution project, which is jointly fund by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the government of Denmark, and German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Within the project, the China Energy System Transition Working Group, led by GIZ and CNREC with support of DEA, monitors and assesses China’s ongoing energy policy developments and energy transition statistics, including renewable energy, power market reform, environment, and carbon markets. As part of this monitoring, the working group publishes the China Energy Policy Newsletter monthly via email. If you would like to subscribe or unsubscribe to the newsletter, please send the information below to

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