Low-Carbon Electricity

  • Philip Andrews-SpeedEmail author
  • Sufang Zhang
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)


This chapter traces the development of four forms of low-carbon electricity generation that lie at the heart of the country’s strategies for the low-carbon energy transition: hydroelectricity, nuclear power, and wind and solar energy. It describes the policy processes that led to the growth of installed capacity in each of these technologies at different times. The analysis identifies the policy priorities, the interests, sources of success, the points of constraint, the costs and the reaction of government to policy failures or distortions. The government has deployed traditional administrative policy instruments to promote low-carbon electricity, but the efficacy of this approach is being tested in the case of intermittent renewable energy. The ongoing power market reforms are intended to overcome these challenges.


Hydroelectricity Nuclear energy Wind energy Solar PV 


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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.North China Electric Power UniversityBeijingChina

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