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Azure International is a leading investment and advisory company focused on China's cleantech energy sector. Founded in 2003, we have a team of 20+ local and international professionals based in China with backgrounds in engineering, marketing, manufacturing, consulting, policy, government relations and finance. In addition to deep advisory capabilities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon management, and energy finance, we have proven capability to invest in and accelerate the development of clean energy companies.  Our portfolio and partner companies have achieved both significant commercial success and returns to investors. Azure provides the necessary expertise and execution capabilities in China to lead relationship development with government and strategic partners, project execution, sourcing, sales and technology development – all with deep understanding of Chinese and international requirements.

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Policy – National Energy Administration calls for less regulatory redtape and greater coordination in energy planning: In June, the NEA provided a list of suggestions for decentralizing planning and approval processes in an effort to allow market forces to play a greater role. At the same time, the suggestions call for greater coordination on long term energy planning. The list of suggestions is quite extensive, but lacks specificity due to its high level nature. Greater long term coordination on energy planning will become increasingly important as China builds out an extensive UHV grid and looks to resolve worsening wind power curtailment. (NEA CN)
 
Policy – China Economic Net analysis points to a lack of coordinated planning of China’s power sector: In a thought provoking piece released on July 2nd, an anonymous author revealed ways in which a truly coordinated power planning process has been lacking for

Read more: China Cleantech Update July 08, 2015

Electric Vehicles – MIIT and NDRC co-release management regulations for new EV manufacturing facilities: On June 2, the MIIT and NDRC released a nine-page document covering types of companies allowed to invest, manufacturing scale and vehicle technical requirements. Foreign manufacturers should pay close attention to the investment approval guidelines in this document, which may restrict foreign participation. (MIIT CN)
 
Electric Vehicles - Volkswagen and SAIC to boost EV production and R&D in China: On June 3, VW announced that it signed a cooperation agreement with SAIC Motor Corporation regarding electric vehicles in China. VW said that it will expand the main plant of its joint venture in Anting. In addition, VW will plans to localize more than

Read more: China Cleantech Update June 10, 2015

Energy Efficiency– Sinopec and Kaishan sign cooperation agreement for low-temperature waste heat generation market:  On June 1, Sinopec and China’s leading manufacturer of low-temperature waste heat recovery generation, Kaishan, announced a cooperation agreement to promote the use of Kaishan’s products at Sinopec’s petrochemical and coal chemical processing facilities. With less than 1% of China’s low grade waste heat resources being utilized and new technologies providing attractive returns on investment, China’s low grade waste heat generation market is poised to expand rapidly over the next few years. (STCN CN)
 
Energy Efficiency – MIIT releases new standards for China’s steel sector: In late March, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released new technology and safety standards for China’s steel sector. Similar to other industrial planning policies, it requires plants to meet certain scale requirements, which will slowly force the closure of

Read more: China Cleantech Update June 03, 2015

Wind – NEA to restrict wind farm development in heavily curtailed regions:  A recent NEA notice outlines seven measures for provinces, cities and counties to improve their utilization of wind power. The most important measure calls for provinces with an average curtailment rate above 20% to not plan new projects for the following year. In addition, regions that fail to install at least 80% of their yearly targets should also not plan new projects for the following year. Also of note, provinces whose wind development plans relies on exports to neighboring provinces or through UHV nodes to distant load center, should quickly work with the NEA to determine what proportion of upcoming capacity will be available to wind. The NEA’s call to halt new project development in regions with high levels of curtailment may force developers to abandon some of their wind project development pipeline in these regions. In particular, the regions of Jilin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, West Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Xinjiang all experienced curtailed rates higher than 25% during the first three months of 2015. This policy release brings good news to owners of existing projects in heavily curtailed regions, but will likely disappoint developers whose development pipeline could be considerably cut by this new policy. (NEA CN)
 
Grid – NDRC approves 800 kV UHV DC lines from Jiuquan, Gansu to Hunan: On March 18, the National Development and Reform Commission approved a new +800KV UHV DC line, with 8 GVA of capacity. The 2383 km long line will connect the Jiuquan Wind Power Basin in Gansu to Hunan, in southern China. The line is expected to transport

Read more: China Cleantech Update May 27, 2015

Grid – National electricity consumption grows 1.3% in March: According the NEA’s latest release, overall electricity consumption grew by 1.3% in March, led by consumption growth from commercial and residential electricity customers, 11.2% and 8.9% respectively. Industrial electricity consumption continued its slump, dropping 1.3%. Over the first four months of 2015, electricity consumption has grown 0.9% while new generation capacity has grown 8.9%. Generation overcapacity continues to grow, forcing more and more generation units to sit idle.  (NEA CN)
 
Energy Efficiency – MIIT releases guidance for industries participating in demand side management pilots: Released on May 14, these measures call upon each province to nominate several large industries, which meet listed eligibility criteria, for demand side management pilots. Although this policy does not contain many details, the fact that it is addressed to

Read more: China Cleantech Update May 20, 2015

Wind – China’s National Energy Administration lists 34 GW of pre-approved wind projects: In its 5th release since the beginning of the 12th Five Year Period, the NEA listed 541 wind farms comprising 34 GW of capacity. This builds upon the 107.7 GW in capacity listed in the previous four approvals, a majority of which has already been grid connected. Projects on this list will have 2-3 years to undergo local approvals and finish construction. Otherwise, their development rights will be revoked. The list shows a strong shift in wind power development into lower wind speed areas closer to China’s Eastern load centers. Citing curtailment issues, Xinjiang, Liaoning and Jilin had no approved projects on the list. Also of note, this is the first list of projects to fall under the lower wind FiT pricing system. The fact that China will well exceed its 2015 wind installation target will likely inspire the government to revise its 2020 targets up from 200 GW to over 250 GW. (NEA CN)
 
Wind – Q1 2015 NEA statistics signal the return of wind power curtailment: Average nationwide wind power curtailment jumped 6.6% to 18.6% during the first three months of 2015. This was led by worsening curtailment situations in China’s Northeast and Northwest grids which had curtailment rates of

Read more: China Cleantech Update May 13, 2015

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