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HTERI and EF research on the Energy Transition


Beijing (China), 5th December, 2017

Seminar held in the Chinese capital within the scope of the collaboration between the Huaneng Technical Research Institute and Enel Foundation on the Energy Transition in China and Europe. Approximately eighty participants - between local institutional and market stakeholders, national (Tsinghua University) and international academia (MIT and the Florence School of Regulation), and HTERI, Huaneng China Corps and Enel Foundation representatives - listened to the results of the project and discussed relevant issues, benchmarks and best practices with an eye to long term objectives and short term strategies.

After a brief welcome by Wang Wenzong (vice President of CHNG) and Emanuele De Maigret (Head of the Italian Embassy’s Commercial Office); Zhao Yong (president of HTERI) and Zhang Bin (Director of Strategy Division, HTERI), supported by Giuseppe Montesano (Deputy Director, EF) illustrated the scope, objectives and primary results of the project. Focus of the workshop the ongoing energy transition in both Europe and China, current and past regulatory developments and the implications for future market design, strategic responses from utility companies and lessons learnt for China from its more mature but less “directed” precursor.

The workshop saw lively debate, perspectives and responses to the study from multiple sector experts:

·         Dr. Zhang Xiliang, professor at Tsinghua University;

·         Ms. Jiang Liping, vice president of China State Grid’s Energy Research Institute;

·         Dr. Gao Hu, director of Energy Research Institute of NDRC;

·         Dr. Chai Quimin, director of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC);

·         Dr. J.M. Glachant, professor and director at the Florence School of Regulation;

·         Dr. A.H. Slocum, professor at MIT;

·         Dr. Guo Changjie, program director of MIT’s corporate relations

on a subject which has developed under the fierce stimulus of multiple paradigm changes, continuous technological and policy development and fundamental game changers, not least of which the 4d’s of an energy world in transition: decarbonized, decentralized, distributed and digitalized.