Problems and Adjustments of Renewable Energy Legislation in China

AuthorWeidong Yang
Renewable Energy Legislation in China 339
X JEAIL 2 (2017)
Weidong Yang
The abandonment of wind and PV power has become the Achilles heel that
restricts the development of renewable energy in China, which is associated with
institutional defects in Chinas Renewable Energy Law. As a priority area in energy
development, renewable energy is not substantialized. Instead, it is undermined
because the guarantee system for purchasing electricity, generated by the use
of renewable energy resources, in full amount, is alienated by lower-level laws.
The unestablished mandatory legal obligations and responsibilities in power grid
transmission networks lead to difficulties in renewable energy power generation,
transmission, and accommodation. Due to the lack of continuity and stability in
the feed-in tariff and subsidy policies for renewable energy, investors cannot have
reasonable expectations. Chinas Renewable Energy Law must be remedied to correct
these existing institutional defects, and to solve the problem of wind and PV power
abandonment in order to promote the healthy development of renewable energy.
China Renewable Energy Law, Institutional Defects, Power Grid
Mandatory Investment Obligation, Legislative Adjustment
Although the term ‘renewable energy’ in Article 2 of China’s “Renewable Energy Law” includes wind energy, solar
energy, hydropower, biomass energy, geothermal energy, ocean energy, and other non-fossil forms of energy, this
paper will focus on the legal issues in the development and utilization of two types of non-hydro renewable energy such
as wind and solar power.
∗∗ Associate Professor of Law at the School of Humanities of North China Electric Power University; Attorney- at-Law
(Partner at Sunshine Law Firm); Visiting Scholar of The American University’s Washington School of Law. Ph.D.
(CASS). ORCID: The author may be contacted at:
cn /Address: No.2 Beinong Road, Zhuxinzhuang, Dewai, Beijing, P.R. China 102206.
Problems and Adjustments
of Renewable Energy
Legislation in China

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