Electricity Distribution

Has America lost its infrastructure edge?

US President Barack Obama spoke in urgent terms about the need to rebuild America. Photo: MCT

US is slipping further behind global competitors, chief of them China, in building up an infrastructure that can handle 21st-century business. Once the world's No 1 in infrastructure, the US is now ranked 14th.

Monday, 28 January, 2013, 3:04am 3 comments

China electricity meter market ranks high for Echelon joint venture

Deployment of smart electricity meters can encourage saving energy and cutting carbon footprint. Photo: Felix Wong

The mainland's advanced electricity meter market is the world's largest and most attractive, as austerity-induced delays plague tenders in many parts of the world, according to the chief of Echelon, a Silicon Valley-based developer of communication equipment for the power distribution sector.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:57am

6.6b yuan of wind power blown away in first half

Wind power producers in three northern regions on the mainland were forced to waste 6.6 billion yuan (HK$8.09 billion) of electricity generated in this year's first half due to chronic power grid capacity shortages, says the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:04pm

Power imports from Guangdong would unjustly short-circuit rules on fuel mix

CLP's warning on substantial tariff increases has sparked criticism from several quarters.

Many people want to see Hong Kong's electricity market opened up. They argue that tariffs could fall if competition was brought in from Guangdong.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Power 2.0 pulls plug on cables

Wireless gadgets are built on a big lie. Smartphones, game consoles, laptops and tablets are fast making homes hotspots where Wi-fi rules, and within a generation virtually every appliance could be networked and exchanging data, but all these gadgets and gear still need power.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

State Grid in talks to buy wind power assets from American utility

The State Grid Corporation of China, a monopoly power distributor in all but five southern provinces of the mainland, is in talks to buy wind power assets from the United States power utility AES.

The transaction would be the state-owned firm's first foray into the US power market. Its international expansion has included the Philippines, Portugal and Brazil.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A switch in time

Before we, the public, celebrate our victory in temporarily obtaining a lower increase in our electricity tariff this year, we should take a moment to reflect on what we can learn from this hard-fought battle over the fate of our future energy policy.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fuel bills will go up substantially as power firms move away from coal

The increase in electricity prices proposed by the power companies comes as no surprise. Such rises are attributed to a HK$10 billion capital project completed in 2010 on emission control measures at Castle Peak B station and Lamma power station, and an increase in the amount of natural gas, to 30 per cent of the fuel mix, used for power generation.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong should let market forces keep the price of its electricity down

I would be delighted to be paying the proposed new CLP Power tariff of 101.1 cents per kilowatt-hour for my electricity. I would still have been happy to pay its original proposed tariff of 102.8 cents.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pull plug on power duopoly, Tang says

Chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen added his voice yesterday to the public clamour against electricity price rises, calling for the power duopoly to be opened to competition.

'In the long run, Hong Kong should introduce competition [into the market],' Tang said during a radio interview.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

CLP urged to ditch discounts for big users

Enough electricity could be saved to power 200,000 homes a year if the city's largest power company abolished its discounted charges for a handful of heavy users, an energy policy researcher has found.

This could be achieved without compromising CLP Power's earnings, as the loss in electricity sales would be offset by the higher fees paid by the big users.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cheung Kong accused of fee breach at flats

A serviced apartment operator under Cheung Kong (Holdings) has been accused of breaching its contract agreement with CLP Power by reselling electricity to its tenants.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Asia's world city not so clever when it comes to smart meters

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Happiness levels need power surge

On the whole, politicians everywhere should try to keep the necessities of life as bountiful and inexpensive as possible. On the mainland, where harmony and happiness are so much a part of the central government's current social doctrine, this is especially so, with price controls on essential foods and heavy subsidies that make water and electricity among the cheapest in the world.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Summer blackouts put heat on business

Small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Yangtze River Delta say they are gearing up for a summer of 'extreme inconvenience' thanks to power cuts that are expected to lead to countless lost staff hours of manufacturing time.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am