Cooperative Competitors Research Briefs
As part of CEF's project Cooperative Competitors, these research briefs seek to dive into promising areas of clean energy and climate collaboration that can benefit the environment and promote more sustainable energy production for both the U.S. and China. This project is made possible with funding from Blue Moon Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund and additional support from USAID and Vermont Law School.
Issues in this Series
This joint China Environment Forum (CEF) and the Canada Institute research brief is published as part of CEF’s Cooperative Competitors project, which examines promising areas of clean energy and climate collaboration between the United States and China.
Natural gas has emerged as a potential game changer on China’s path to reduce its reliance on coal and shift to cleaner energy sources. This shift, however, is bound to require costly investments, raise energy prices, and dampen economic competitiveness in the short term.
China has set an ambitious goal to add more than 8 GW of distributed solar generation by the end of 2014 -- over half of the total solar power capacity in the U.S. now. However, China is facing many challenges to meet this goal.