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China's Silver Bullet: Can the Transmission Grid Solve China's Problems?

| Oct. 20, 2017

With air pollution causing more than one million deaths in 2015 and reducing the lifespan of citizens in northern China by three years, clean energy has become a top priority for China's leaders. China tops the world in wind and solar power installations and the government plans to invest more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable energy. But the green energy transition needs more than renewable power generation: Long-distance electricity transmission could play a key role in cleaning up China's brown skies. Our recent study estimated that transmitting a hybrid of renewable and coal power through 12 new high-voltage transmission lines could prevent 16,000 deaths from air pollution exposure, and avoid 340 million tons of CO2 emissions in China....

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Peng, Wei."China's Silver Bullet: Can the Transmission Grid Solve China's Problems?" NewSecurityBeat, October 20, 2017.