Energy Publications

Lost in Transmission: Distributed Solar Generation in China

Aug 21, 2014
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. more

Regional and Global Energy Series: Russia, Ukraine, and Energy Security

Aug 13, 2014
Report from the July 1 launch of the Wilson Center’s Regional and Global Energy Series featuring former US Ambassador to Russia and Bulgaria John Beyrle, former NSC Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (and former US Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Georgia) William Courtney, IHS Energy’s Director, Russian and Caspian Energy (and book co-author) Julia Nanay, and State Department International Energy Coordinator, former NSC Senior Director and former US Ambassador to Ukraine and Mexico, Carlos Pascual, who explored with Jan Kalicki and David Goldwyn the energy and broader dimensions of relations with Russia and Ukraine. more

Infographic: Waste, Poor Planning Blunt China’s Wind Energy Ambitions

May 27, 2014
China is a country of superlatives and contradictions, especially when it comes to energy – it is not only the largest producer and consumer of coal, but also the largest investor in renewable energy. Since 2010, China has been the world’s biggest and fastest growing market for wind power, which the government has prioritized for its cleaner energy and job creation potential. But waste and poor planning have left many new wind farms idle or disconnected from power grids. more

INFOGRAPHIC: A Snapshot of China’s Wind Industry

May 17, 2014
China accounts for 28.7% of the world’s installed wind power capacity. China is also the fastest growing market for wind power in the world. more

PHOTO ESSAY: Coal Complex Shows Costs of China’s Energy Demands

Mar 04, 2014
By 2020, coal consumption in China is projected to increase by 30 percent, and already, 20 percent of water withdrawn in the country goes to coal mining, processing, and cooling of coal-fired power plants. The water intensity of the coal industry is a significant quandary for a country that is already facing a water scarcity crisis (water availability per capita is one-quarter the global average). more

INFOGRAPHIC: China Sets New World Record for Solar Installation in 2013

Mar 04, 2014
In 2013, China hits new world record by installing 12 gigawatts new solar panels. more

Is Geography Destiny? A Primer on North American Relations

Feb 18, 2014
At a time when nearly all of the key issues facing North America are being understood and addressed either independently by the United States, Canada and Mexico, or within the dual-bilateral framework of U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada relations, this report attempts to view these challenges and opportunities through a trilateral lens. more

NOTICIAS Winter 2014

Feb 07, 2014
The newsletter of the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute more

Renewable Energy in Mexico: Policy and Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Feb 04, 2014
Mexico’s renewable energy sector is prosperous and with great potential; however, it is necessary that Mexico sees itself as a country that as an energy future beyond Cantarell, beyond PEMEX, beyond oil. The future of renewable energy in Mexico offers great hope for the country and the region and the time is right for a concerted government, industry and social surge to push forward the development of this sector. more

Mexico’s Energy Reform: A Game Changer in the Nation’s History (An Upstream Perspective)

Jan 24, 2014
The Mexican energy reform bill adopted by a narrow margin on December 12, 2013 and which took effect on January 1, 2014 formalizes the most liberal energy regime in the country’s history. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.