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Low carbon electricity development in China--An IRSP perspective based on Super Smart Grid

By Jiahai Yuan and Zhaoguang Hu

Abstract

Low carbon electricity is essential for China's low carbon development. In the paper low carbon electricity is defined as an economy body manages to realize its potential economic growth fueled by less electricity consumption, which can be characterized by indexes of GDP electricity intensity and CO2 emissions per unit electricity generation. IRSP is proposed by Hu [11] to implement power planning on state level in deregulated power sector and is used in the paper to study China's power planning into 2030. A business-as-usual scenario is projected as baseline for comparison while low carbon electricity development based on IRSP is studied. Results show that, with IRSP, China could save energy by 1.5 billion toes and reduce CO2 emission by 5.7 billion tons, during 2010-2030. Super Smart Grid (SSG) must be constructed as the physical foundation of IRSP. The main components of developing SSG in China are discussed.Low carbon electricity Integrated resource strategic planning Super Smart Grid China

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