Studying, researching, and working in Beijing: 2006-2009
After studying Mandarin Chinese for one year intensively from scratch in 2006, I received a US Department of State Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy policy at Tsinghua University from September 2007 to June 2008. During the Chinese government's initial push for renewable energy under their 10th Five Year Plan (2006-2010) and the Renewable Energy Law of 2005, the deployment of wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy grew quickly. I documented much of this growth through bilingual English/Mandarin video blogs broadcast on YouTube and Youku. Visit the China's Green Beat website here to learn more.
During my time in Beijing, I also was a senior analyst for New Energy Finance (which would later become part of Bloomberg). I covered the Chinese carbon market (primarily through the Clean Development Mechanism) as well as a number of clean energy sectors including wind and biomass. I aided in the establishment of the Beijing office for the company in 2007 and helped further business development efforts throughout China and Asia.
China adviser to U.S. climate change negotiator
In the aftermath of the Copenhagen Accord, I served as China adviser to the US Department of State Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. Stern was the principal climate change negotiator for the US within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In my duties as adviser, I wrote extensive memos on China's climate change and clean energy policies and positions, analyzed emissions scenarios and data for mitigation and transparency negotiators, and served as interagency conduit for all US-China cooperation activities in clean energy and climate change, including the EcoPartnerships program. My work in 2010 and 2011 helped to form the foundation for a growing health relationship between US and China that eventually led to the joint target announcement in November 2014.
Extensive experience working with Chinese partners
While a senior research associate with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 2011 to 2014, I served as a policy consultant to the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) and Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Electrical Engineering (IEE) advising on various Chinese policy efforts in energy efficiency and microgrids. I worked with CNIS on various appliance energy efficiency initiatives, including savings evaluation methodologies, compliance and verification schemes, and retail incentives. For IEE, I provided expert recommendations on establishing a microgrid demonstration program, which the National Energy Administration was considering at the time. For examples of my publications, please see the following list.
- "Lessons from international experience for China's microgrid demonstration program": link to Energy Policy publication
- "Addressing the effectiveness of industrial energy efficiency incentives in overcoming investment barriers in China": link to download
- Full list of publications while at the China Energy Group: link to LBL website