On 21 February, China’s State Council released a new set of urban development guidelines aiming to produce a framework which will create urban areas that have improved navigability, tighter-knit communities, better access to commercial and public areas, and are less resource intensive.
While we are continuously learning more about what makes human habitats both livable and sustainable, a consensus has emerged on the most foundational and necessary design principles. Last year, China Development Bank Capital, Energy Innovation, and Energy Foundation created the Guidelines for Green and Smart Urban Development to outline these design principles.
Public priorities for the electricity sector have shifted in recent years as rapid technological development enables a cleaner, more affordable, reliable, and safe electric system. But many utilities are not keeping pace. As a consequence of new market forces and new options, the institutions governing the electricity system must also evolve.
The increase in more mixed-use and walkable neighborhoods is another factor changing the way Angelenos get around. Mixed-use development locates goods and services within walking and biking distance from where people live and work, decreasing the need for long-distance travel by car or transit.
Combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants are the swiss army knife of today’s US power system. One has to decide if CCGT is a pure energy resource paid off through maximum sales of its electricity, or a flexible resource that holds back on production to support the grid.
On February 21, China’s State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Committee released a new set of guidelines for strengthening urban planning and development. As the world’s most populous nation, China’s urban development will set the tone as urban populations continue to grow worldwide.
Eleanor Stein, a former REV project manager, offers insight on how coordination between utilities, regulators, and the public can boost trust in the regulatory process
A number of urban features are drawing smart people and top-notch businesses to cities, all of which share the common objective of being “people-centric,” focusing on the person instead of the car, the street, or the building. As it turns out, the same features making cities most attractive for people and businesses also make them best for the environment and for the economy.
Electricity from wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans. But pressure is mounting to reform these markets to match the changes underway in the energy system. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to work together and modernize U.S. wholesale power markets.
Sustainable urbanization will be fundamental in China’s ambitions to develop a more consumer-led, innovative economy. By following the roadmaps of Hammarby (Stockholm) and the Pearl District (Portland), China can make great progress in the greening of its cities in the coming years.