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The national and international impacts of coal-to-gas switching in the Chinese power sector

Vipin Arora (), Yiyong Cai and Ayaka Jones

Energy Economics, 2016, vol. 60, issue C, 416-426

Abstract: We evaluate the national and international impacts—on energy consumption and production, trade, and economic activity—of Chinese coal-to-gas switching in the electric power sector. We find that assumptions about growth rates in electricity generation from renewables are the key determinant in evaluating the economic consequences for coal-to-gas switching in China. The ability to supplement natural gas generation with renewables leads to smaller reductions in Chinese and global economic activity than the alternatives.

Keywords: Coal-to-gas switching; Electric power sector; Natural gas; Computable general equilibrium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C68 D58 L94 Q41 Q43 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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