US, China leaders give green light to further smart grid cooperation

US, China leaders give green light to further smart grid cooperation

June 24, 2015 marked the end of the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C. Chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry, special representative of President Barack Obama, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, special representative of President Xi Jinping, the Strategic Track, which included participation from senior officials from across the two governments, produced some interesting outcomes related to smart grids and smart cities.

For example, the two sides decided to place greater emphasis on industry engagement and technical assistance, aiming to expand institutional capacities for smart grids in the U.S. and China. Additionally, the US Trade & Development Agency will sponsor a second study tour on smart grid in 2015 following the success of the first study tour that took place in October 2014 and brought delegates from the National Energy Administration and electric utilities.

Progress was noted on the four collaborative demonstration projects launched under the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) Smart Grid initiative, including more than 60 percent energy usage savings and more than 80 percent reduction in electricity costs from the zero net energy homes with smart grid technologies in the U.S. Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration, as well as the development of functionalities and application scenarios for four subprojects in the China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.

The United States and China also decided to enhance their cooperation on grid modernization, supporting the China Electricity Council and the State Grid Corporation of China as they conduct a feasibility study and pilot project on big data analytics for the electricity grid. This project is to demonstrate the use of big data analytics to provide run-time tracking and optimization of power distribution, consumption, and outage management on the smart grid.

Building on the successful Smart Grid Technical Conference held in 2012, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Energy Administration of China (NEA) decided to continue cooperation on energy industry management policy, including working to develop possible options for partnering with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) on study tours or workshops specifically dedicated to learning more about energy regulatory policies in the two countries. FERC and NEA further decided to share information about regulatory experiences and practices in a series of digital video conference discussions beginning with topics such as power industry planning, electricity pricing, electricity markets, renewable energy integration, distributed energy development, regulations for network technologies, and smart grid.

It was also decided to develop two tracks of the Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities initiative of the CCWG. In the first track, a decision was made to hold the first Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit this fall in Los Angeles and in 2016 in China. In the second track on Smart Infrastructure for Urbanization, the two sides reached an initial consensus for cooperation in the areas of Climate Smart Cities in Pilot and Demonstration Projects, Global Team Cities Challenge, and smart cities research and development and demonstration.

Source: Smart Grid News

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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