China knows the smart money is on renewables, and not just because of climate change.
Coal consumption may be peaking much earlier than anticipated in official government statements – and so pointing to an early peaking of carbon emissions.
China’s electric power system iis greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile.
China’s large investments in renewables are as much about energy security as a means of reducing carbon emissions.
As China powers away at renewables, it is also expanding its reliance on fossil fuels, rather than locking in dependence. The distinction is critical.