People look out at the drought-hit Jialing River near the confluence with the Yangtze River, in Chongqing, on August 17. Water levels on parts of the Yangtze, China’s largest waterway and home to its top hydropower station, dropped to the lowest on record for this time of year, according to state media reports. Photo: Bloomberg
People look out at the drought-hit Jialing River near the confluence with the Yangtze River, in Chongqing, on August 17. Water levels on parts of the Yangtze, China’s largest waterway and home to its top hydropower station, dropped to the lowest on record for this time of year, according to state media reports. Photo: Bloomberg
Muyi Yang
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Muyi Yang, Xing Zhang and Xunpeng Shi

To end power crunches, China must rebuild its electricity grid around clean energy

  • Finding the right balance between energy security and climate action will not be easy, and starts with building more battery storage and investing in flexible grid technology
  • However, turning straight back to coal is not the answer – new coal plants should only be pursued when all other short-term options have been exhausted

People look out at the drought-hit Jialing River near the confluence with the Yangtze River, in Chongqing, on August 17. Water levels on parts of the Yangtze, China’s largest waterway and home to its top hydropower station, dropped to the lowest on record for this time of year, according to state media reports. Photo: Bloomberg
People look out at the drought-hit Jialing River near the confluence with the Yangtze River, in Chongqing, on August 17. Water levels on parts of the Yangtze, China’s largest waterway and home to its top hydropower station, dropped to the lowest on record for this time of year, according to state media reports. Photo: Bloomberg
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