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Environment China is a weekly bilingual podcast from the Beijing Energy Network. The show features conversations with advocates, entrepreneurs, and experts working in the environmental field in China.  We are looking to learn how they do their work, what new strategies and solutions they have found, and why now is the right time for real and positive changes in China’s environmental field.

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Nov 4, 2022

Today, we’re coming back to the topic of China’s power system, the recent power outages in Sichuan, and the role of flexibility. Our guest today is Professor Yuan Jiahai of North China Electric Power University.

Professor Yuan a Professor of Management Science at the North China Electric Power University, where his research focuses on the low-carbon transition of China's power sector, with a particular emphasis on coal power. He has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is listed in Scopus 2020 and 2021 Highly Cited Chinese Researchers. Professor Yuan received his PhD in 2006, and since then has been active as an independent Chinese energy policy analyst, publishing not only academic journal articles, but also influential policy reports and media articles on the low-carbon transition.

On that note, Prof Yuan has recently published two very interesting items: The first is a report published by NCEPU and NRDC on power system flexibility, and the second is an article in Caixin about the Sichuan power shortages. In this episode, we discuss both the Sichuan power shortages as well as the report. 

The references are here:

Yuan Jiahai et al., “四川高温限电痛点在何处,如何防止重演?[What are the pain points of Sichuan's power supply under the heat wave and how to prevent them recurring?], Ciaxin, 6 September 2022, at

Yuan Jiahai and Zhang Jian, “电力系统灵活性提升:技术路径、经济性与政策建议” [Improving power system flexibility: technology pathways, economic analysis, and policy suggestions], Natural Resources Defense Council, July 2022, at