My field value: Helen Gavin, José Maria Valenzuela

20 August, 2020

Current challenges of renewable energy: integration in China

This is a video of the webinar that happened on 19 August 2020, in which José Maria Valenzuela and Dr Hao Zhang gave an insight into the current practices and policies in China with regard to the integration of renewable energy in the electricity system.  Dr Helen Gavin hosted the webinar.


The presentation slides can be found here

Video content:

Helen (0:13) introduced the webinar and the speakers.

José (2:19) introduced the current position of China within the international transformation of electricity systems.

 Hao (6:51) spoke on the legal and regulation context of China, and issues arising from these. He then covered the recent developments in Chinese law and policy with regard to renewable energy incentives and measures to tackle curtailment, as well as the trend of increasing investment in offshore wind.

José (24:43) then picked up on recent developments, and then described the institutional context and focus on the different players active in promoting regulatory innovation for renewable energy.

Then (34:18) there was a Q&A session


José Maria Valenzuela is a doctoral student in the Blavatnik School of Government, at the University of Oxford. He is working on the challenges of energy systems transformation in response to social and environmental concerns, in particular climate change. In particular, Jose is exploring the role of knowledge brokers, regulatory capacity and the decarbonisation of electricity systems, using empirical evidence from four countries: China, Chile, Mexico and the UK. He’s an active member of the China Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) research group in China.

Previously, Jose has worked for Mexico’s Department of Energy on climate change and renewable energy policy, and for international (UNIDO), transnational (WWF), and national organizations in Mexico (FDS) and the United States (NREL). He holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México, an MPA degree from Tsinghua University, and a MA on International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Dr Hao Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained law degrees in China before completing his PhD at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne in Australia.

Hao teaches energy law and Chinese law and his research interests are primarily in the fields of Chinese energy law, climate law and comparative environmental law. He is currently working on the legal issues surrounding the green economic transition in China (i.e. renewable energy, electrification and emissions trading), as well as China’s energy sector reform. He serves as an associate editor for the journal, Climate Law.

Dr Helen Gavin

Helen is based in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, working on the Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. She is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources, with expertise in a range of quantitative environmental issues. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, water and energy auditor, programme manager and knowledge exchange, in consultancy and in academia.


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