PREDICTION: U.S Will Produce More Wind Power Than China Before 2020

Looking into my green crystal ball, here’s my bold prediction about the US-China wind energy race. Around this time last year, I blogged about some misconceptions on U.S. and China’s installed wind capacity and wind energy generation, highlighting that the U.S. was producing 64% more wind energy than China in 2011 with the same amount of turbines. I explained […] Read more

China Implements Carbon Tax

After smog reached untenable heights in Beijing and other Chinese cities last month, China is moving forward on new rules to clean up the environment. It is implementing a Carbon Tax and mandating that certain industries buy insurance to make sure funds are available to  pay for damages and to incentivize them to clean up their […] Read more

In Focus: Super Cities

A metropolis is a large densely populated urban area that has a significant economic, political and cultural function to its inhabiting country or region. A city’s population has to exceed 1 million inhabitants to even be considered a metropolis in today’s context. Another term has been coined to describe cities with super densely populated urban […] Read more

Are Solar PV Panels from China Kosher?

PV has grown dramatically since Bell Labs displayed the first demonstration unit in 1954. The International Energy Agency notes that the annual growth rate has averaged a mind-boggling 40% for the last two decades. Despite recently achieving the milestone of 100GW of worldwide installed capacity, growth continues – GlobalData estimates a 16.5% compound annual growth […] Read more

The Visable Change in Asia’s Energy Consumption

As people are coming to understand, Asian economic growth over the past two decades—despite its great adoption of oil—essentially runs on electricity, most of which is supplied by the burning of coal. Here is the night sky over Asia twenty years ago, as captured in a still photograph from a film loop provided by NOAA’s […] Read more

Can China meet its Electric Vehicles Target?

New energy vehicles are one of China’s seven strategic emerging industries.  Unlike its other “new energy” counterpart industries, NEVs, and electric vehicles in particular, are still waiting for commercial breakthrough. China’s clean energy targets are usually just temporary placeholders. Targets for wind and solar power installed have been met, surpassed, and updated numerous times. New […] Read more

WOW! 42 Cents/Watt Solar by 2015

The cost of producing a conventional crystalline silicon (c-si) solar panel continues to drop. Between 2009 and 2012, leading “best-in-class” Chinese c-Si solar manufacturers reduced module costs by more than 50 percent. And in the next three years, those players — companies like Jinko, Yingli, Trina and Renesola — are on a path to lower […] Read more

China’s Solar Growth: Holy Cow!

China is upping its solar target once again, after having done so several times in past couple of years. Last year, China raised the target to an eye-popping 21 gigawatts (GW) by 2015, and the new target of 35 GW is 67% higher than that. That means, in just 3 years, China will have added […] Read more

China Claims Emission Levels Dropping Across The Board

China’s environment minister stated that the emissions of four major pollutants (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, chemical oxygen, and ammonia nitrogen) dropped last year by two percent, and that the country would see a similar decline this year. “To cope with an air quality crisis, contingency measures will be adopted, such as suspending or limiting the […] Read more

WOWZERS: China Just Raised Its Solar Power Goal By 67%

I make a lot of jokes on this blog but the hazardous levels of air pollution that the Chinese people are currently having to contend with is certainly no laughing matter. I can’t imagine what it is like for Chinese parents who have to explain to their children why it isn’t safe for them to […] Read more

China: Consuming Just As Much Coal As Rest of World Combined

It’s not always that I agree with Time. But this time I do, even if they’re a bit late to the party. “As the data shows, China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world—combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of […] Read more

Yingli Green Energy Makes Huge Commitment to Fight Climate Change

Yingli Green Energy has become the first Chinese company and the first photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer to join Climate Savers, a program created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage corporations to make major contributions to addressing climate change. “We look forward to working more broadly with WWF and joining hands with other Climate Savers […] Read more

DOE’s International Energy Outlook: Wrong on Developing World

Regular readers will remember that I predicted that China would be using 247 quads by 2030, far more than the Department of Energy’s forecast of 163 quads.  Is it possible they will be using even more than my pessimistic prediction? “Data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show the total energy consumed in China in […] Read more

China’s Air Pollution at Insane Levels

Chinese media has taken a stand on air pollution in China by calling on the government to take action against pollution, which according to the media, have reached dangerous levels in the capital city, which is home to around 20 million people. According to the media, the air quality in Beijing reached 755 on an index […] Read more