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Spatially resolved land and grid model of carbon neutrality in China

China has committed to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2060 to combat global climate change, which will require unprecedented deployment of negative emissions technologies, renewable energies (RE), and complementary infrastructure. At terawatt-scale deployment, land use limitations interact with operational and economic features of power system...

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Power Lab wins 2nd place in DOE Collegiate Geothermal Competition

UCSD graduate students Jenny Nicolas, Zhenhua Zhang, Manh Tri Dao, and Shiny Choudhury secured Second Place (and $6,000) at the U.S. Department of Energy 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition in the Policy Track. The Geothermal Collegiate Competition annually challenges college students to develop real-world geothermal solutions, offering cash...

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Simulating institutional heterogeneity in sustainability science

Sustainability outcomes are influenced by the laws and configurations of natural and engineered systems as well as activities in socio-economic systems. An important subset of human activity is the creation and implementation of institutions, formal and informal rules shaping a wide range of human behavior. Understanding these rules and codifyin...

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Job Opening: Postdoc in Open Modeling of Decarbonization in China

Page updated Feb 1, 2024 with new application link. The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is hiring one or more postdoctoral researchers to conduct open modeling studies of accelerated decarbonization, with a particular focus on China. The postdoc will join the lab of the PI, Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor in GPS an...

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New Electricity Market Tracker for China Released

The Power Transformation Lab and the Regulatory Assistance Project have launched a new open data and model platform researching China’s electricity market and policies. Electricity Market Tracker (EMT) is a multidimensional open data and model platform that supports in-depth research on China’s electricity market and policies. EMT tracks and ana...

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Lab members win US energy economics case competition

Lab members Manh Tri Dao, Jenny Nicolas, Shiny Choudhury, and Zhenhua Zhang win gold at the case competition hosted by the US Association for Energy Economics. This year’s competition involved the evaluation of geothermal projects for the hypothetical Energy Oversight Board (EOB), experienced in regulating conventional oil and gas but new to geo...

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Why China Can’t Break Its Coal Addiction

For years, environmentalists and energy policymakers have seen China’s reliance on coal as a major impediment to reducing global carbon emissions. Burning coal is the world’s single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and half of all coal-fired power stations are located in China. Full article Recommended citation: Davidson, M. R. (20...

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Job Opening: Staff Research Associate on China's electricity markets

DESCRIPTION DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW: The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovativ...

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