Climate Change Research ›› 2021, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (1): 18-26.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2020.205

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The pathway and strategy of China’s power system low-carbon transition under the constraints of climate change

ZHANG Wen-Hua1(), YAN Qing-You1,2, HE Gang3, YUAN Jia-Hai1,2()   

  1. 1 School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
    2 Beijing Key Laboratory of New Energy and Low-Carbon Development, Beijing 102206, China
  • Received:2020-09-07 Revised:2020-10-23 Online:2021-01-30 Published:2021-02-04
  • Contact: YUAN Jia-Hai;


To clarify the challenges and potentials faced by the transition of the power system under the constraint of the climate change agreement to form an effective key, this paper starts from the impact analysis of climate change target on electricity demand, sorting out the pathway selection of power system transition systematically, then summarizes the issues related to power system transition process closely including the coal-fired power drop out, the renewable energy integration, the grid optimization, and proposes policy suggestions at last. The scale of coal-fired power needs to decline rapidly, the high-share integration and long-distance transmission of renewable energy generation will become the most significant features for the power system in the future, gas-fired power will assume greater responsibility than it is now, and nuclear power needs to abandon disputes to accelerate its development under the constraints of temperature rise target. Accelerating the improvement of market-oriented mechanisms, controlling the scale of coal-fired power capacity strictly, focusing on improving energy efficiency, coordinating and strengthening flexible resource management, and optimizing cross-regional load management should be the concerns of regulatory agencies in the future.

Key words: Power system, Low-carbon transition, Climate change

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