Oct 5 Lunch Event "The Chinese Wind Sector: International and Domestic Challenges"

Gabe Chan

Assistant Professor

DateOctober 5, 2015
Time12:00 - 1:00 PM
Place: HHH 215

Over the last decade, the Chinese wind sector has grown rapidly and is now the largest renewable energy sector in the world (by installed capacity). During this period of rapid growth, international climate finance facilitated by the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) helped support 80% of wind farms in China. However, we argue that much of this finance flowed to projects that have had limited climate benefits.

We find that many of the projects supported by the CDM share financial characteristics with projects that were built outside of the CDM, suggesting that many of the supported projects would have been built anyway. We posit that this was in part due to many of the non-market features of the Chinese energy system. We explore the implications of the Chinese renewable energy system further by investigating the performance of operating Chinese wind farms, finding that large inefficiencies in project siting, turbine model selection, and grid connection and management have led to far less energy being produced from China’s wind farms than has been seen for comparable investments in developing countries. 

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