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March 6, 2014

China energy revamp quickens with Li seeking private investment

China’s shake-up of its energy sector is gathering pace, with the biggest producer announcing it will seek private capital as the government promises to open up state-controlled industries. Following Sinopec, China National Petroleum Corp. said yesterday it wants outside investment for as many as six units, including oil and gas exploration. (Bloomberg)

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March 5, 2014

China's NDRC to raise citygate natural gas prices this year

China plans to raise citygate prices of natural gas consumed by non-residential users later this year, the National Development and Reform Commission said in its work report issued Wednesday at the start of the annual session of the National People's Congress. (Platts)

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March 5, 2014

Companies pile in to build EV charging posts in China

Beijing has announced plans to complete the construction of 1,000 public fast-charging electric car stands by the end of this year, covering the downtown area and nearby suburbs. Locations for 100 public fast-charging points have already been confirmed. Shanghai and Tianjin also announced plans to construct some 6,000 piles each in the cities and many local governments are beginning new schemes. Commissioned by state enterprises, Putian China is responsible for the construction and operations of the electric vehicle charging services network in many local regions. (Want China Times)

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March 5, 2014

Nanjing and Dalian launch zero-emission public transportation fleets

The Nanjing Public Transportation Group is transforming city public transport fleets with an order for more than 1,000 fully electric transit buses and taxis from BYD while the city of Dalian has placed an order for 1,200 units. According to BYD, this will create one of the world's largest fleet of pure electric public transport vehicles. (Sys Con Media/Inside EV's)

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March 4, 2014

China’s smog has silver lining for green trade, says Denmark

Recent progress at shale gas projects operated by China's state-owned giants Sinopec and China National Petroleum Corp. suggest the country is on track to meet the 2015 production target set by the central government, analysts said Monday. (Platts)
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March 4, 2014

Shanxi court first public building to receive China 3-Star certification

The recently constructed Datong Intermediate People's Court in Shanxi province has received China’s 3-Star green building certification. The project, lead by the national court system is the only public building in Shanxi to receive this certification. (Energy World/China GB Net)
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March 3, 2014

Beijing Capital buys New Zealand waste management firm from Transpacific

State-owned Beijing Capital Group has agreed to buy New Zealand's biggest waste manager from Australia's Transpacific Industries Group Ltd. for 950 million New Zealand dollars (US$798 million). Beijing Capital is looking to acquire greater expertise in dealing with hazardous waste, and managing waste beyond the traditional landfill. (Finance Asia/WSJ)
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March 3, 2014

China to abolish import duties on "important" hi-tech equipment

China will abolish import duties on some "important" hi-tech equipment while reinstating others from March 1, to help accelerate the development of "strategic industries", state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. Goods for which import duties have been abolished include oil and gas drilling equipment, off-shore drilling platforms, tankers for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and deep sea prospecting. (Reuters/Xinhua)
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March 3, 2014

Only 1% of China's buildings have energy-efficient central air conditioning

According to data recently released by the State Information Center, central air-conditioning accounts for 60% of all building energy consumption across China, compared to 15% in Europe and 20% in the US. (Energy World/China GB Net)
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March 3, 2014

Trina Solar and ANU develop 24.4% efficient solar cell

China's Trina Solar and the Australian National University's (ANU) Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems have collaborated on the joint development of a new high efficiency solar cell. The solar cell has achieved an efficiency of 24.4%, having been independently tested by Germany’s Fraunhofer CalLab. (PV Magazine)
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