China’s Wind and Solar Industries: Issues, Trends and Implications for the U.S.


Rita Schwartz (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: TEC031010

Renewable energy is gaining currency around the globe, but China and the United States are central to its development. They are the world’s top-two countries in terms of energy consumption, net oil imports, and carbon emissions, as well as gross domestic product (GDP) and manufacturing. Their large territories harbor some of the best sites to generate renewable energy. If the United States and China cooperate—and compete—effectively, renewable energy can contribute to economic growth, energy security, and climate change mitigation. The past two years saw important developments, including a bilateral agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbon emissions and a joint announcement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

China is often touted for its rapid adoption of renewable energy technologies. Long-term industry plans and new legislation suggest Beijing will maintain this policy direction, in line with its overall expansion of energy production capacity. In the United States, by contrast, renewable energy is a divisive issue. There are disagreements about how, if at all, the government should support alternative energy sources when natural gas is abundant, emissions are declining, and energy demand is slowing. This book assesses recent developments in China’s wind and solar industries and the implications for the United States. It builds on the Commission’s past work on U.S.-China energy issues, including the April 2014 hearing on bilateral clean energy cooperation. The research also draws on Congressional testimonies, academic papers, industry and media reports, and statistical data. The report’s main themes and findings are outlined below.
(Imprint: Nova)

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China’s Wind and Solar Sectors: Trends in Deployment, Manufacturing, and Energy Policy
(Iacob Koch-Weser and Ethan Meick)

Statement of Leocadia I. Zak, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Hearing on ”U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities”

Testimony of Joanna Lewis, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University. Hearing on ”U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities”

Testimony of Sarah Forbes, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute. Hearing on ”U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities”


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