3rd CCWG Workshop (March 2015)
Third Climate Change Working Group (CCWG)
Smart Grids Workshop
This workshop is the third in a series of six workshops to be conducted under the aegis of the U.S.-China CCWG Smart Grids Initiative. The first workshop, held 17 March 2014 in Washington, DC, kicked off the Initiative and led to the undertaking of four collaborative demonstration projects in two focus areas, with one project in each focus area and in each country. The second workshop, held 4 November 2014 in Beijing, China, included presentations and discussions of the four demonstration projects and a common cost/benefit methodology that will be applied to analyze and report on the values of the four collaboration projects in advancing the CCWG objectives. Further, the workshop yielded agreement to establish two subgroups, one on advanced technology and one on benefits evaluation.
The objective of this third workshop was to further information exchanges on the four agreed-to collaborative demonstration projects and the development of a common cost/benefit methodology. In addition, the two subgroups held their first in-person meetings to discuss their chartered activities and progress and then reported out to all attendees of the workshop.
This workshop was attended by CCWG Smart Grids Initiative members, the four demonstration project performers and their project partners, and the two subgroup members, all from both countries. In addition, this workshop also engaged other smart grid stakeholders (e.g., utilities, vendors, manufacturers, developers, research institutions, etc.) in both countries.
Background on U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group
In April 2013, the United States and China launched the CCWG, recognizing that, given the latest scientific understanding of accelerating climate change and the urgent need to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China – including large-scale cooperative action – is more critical than ever. In order to further develop cooperation on this issue, in July 2013 both sides agreed to undertake five cooperative initiatives, focusing on:
- Smart grids
- Emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles
- Carbon capture, utilization, and storage
- Collecting and managing greenhouse gas emissions data
- Energy efficiency in buildings and industry
Taken together, these action initiatives will address some of the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in our countries.
CCWG Smart Grids Initiative
The Initiative involves undertaking smart grid collaborative research projects between the United States and China over the next several years. As the collaborative projects progress, the United States and China will also carry out a series of workshops and discussions to ensure that the project design continues to meet the needs of both countries and can and will be carried out. The workshops will focus on providing effective technical assistance and ensuring that evaluation methodologies properly capture the costs and benefits of smart grid deployment. The research collaboration will result in data analysis and information sharing that can be used to move cooperation forward.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will lead the task in the United States, by working with other U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s (USTDA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). National Energy Administration (NEA) of China will lead the task in China. Both sides will work with stakeholders in both countries in the private sector and non-governmental organization community.