The Role of Institutional Support in Energy Technology Diffusion in Rural China

X.L. Zhang, W.J.H. van Groenendaal

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Abstract

In the past China's rural areas, home to 70% of its population, suffered energy shortages.China's indigenous energy resources are limited, with the exception of coal.The widespread use of coal requires large investments in production and transport -making it costly-, and degrades the environment.As a result the Chinese government has implemented an energy policy that aims at the use of renewable energy resources and increasing energy efficiency.For this the Chinese government has reorganised its institutional framework, which now aims at learning and improving profitability to diffuse technologies.Simultaneously the decision to use a technology has been shifted from officials to the consumers and profitability of a technology has become the main decision criterion.This paper analyses the effect of learning and profitability in technology diffusion and looks at the effectiveness of the institutional efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOperations research
Number of pages34
Volume2001-6
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2001-6

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energy technology
profitability
China
coal
energy
energy shortage
energy policy
renewable energy
resources
learning
rural area
efficiency

Keywords

  • energy
  • technology transfer
  • learing
  • government policy
  • institutional framework

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Zhang, X. L., & van Groenendaal, W. J. H. (2001). The Role of Institutional Support in Energy Technology Diffusion in Rural China. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2001-6). Tilburg: Operations research.
Zhang, X.L. ; van Groenendaal, W.J.H. / The Role of Institutional Support in Energy Technology Diffusion in Rural China. Tilburg : Operations research, 2001. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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