Trade Mission – MONDAY, DEC 8, BEIJING

By Julia Beabout

The first day of the mission was chock full of information, providing insights on opportunities in China and a chance to exchange experience and insights on improving energy efficiency.

We started the day at the beautiful new United States Embassy with a briefing by the US Departments of Energy and Commerce on China’s energy efficiency market.

US Embassy Beijing

Photo credit: US Dept. of State


Under the recent APEC agreement, the Chinese and US governments agreed to deepen their commitments to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions and also to continue their extensive collaboration in these areas. This will expand the already rapidly growing energy efficiency market in China and the demand for US products and services there.

Later our esteemed delegates met with government officials from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)—China’s central economic planning ministry and where energy efficiency policy making is made.

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Photo credit: Julia Beabout


Chair Robert Weisenmiller of the California Energy Commission described how California has been able to grow its economy while keeping its per capita energy consumption flat. As a result, California is a US and world leader in energy efficiency.

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Photo credit: Julia Beabout


Demand response has and will continue to be key to achieving California’s energy efficiency. The trade mission delegates were given the opportunity to present their innovative demand response solutions to China’s largest power company, State Grid.

From the Chinese side, one featured project opportunity of the day was Green Dragon Lake (GDL), a new business district in the southwest corner of Beijing. The project has a net-zero goal, and the GDL developers plan to incorporate many innovative technologies from the US and abroad to reach this goal. On Sunday, the Project Developers, China Development Orient, treated us to a tour of the gorgeous property including their recently finished MGM Grand hotel. Additional information about the project can be obtained by clicking here.

During Monday’s lunch and dinnerthe delegates were given the opportunity to learn from US companies with successful operations in China such as Honeywell and EPS Capital.


By Julia Beabout

It’s finally here!  The business development trade mission to China we are co-organizing began today with some warm-up activities and then officially kicks-off on Monday.

During the mission our esteemed US delegates will be meeting with Chinese government officials and private companies to discuss the rapidly expanding business opportunities in China’s energy efficiency market sector. This also provides an opportunity to further US-China and California-China cooperation in low carbon development.

We are pleased to have several leading energy efficiency companies from the US in our delegation including: EnerNOC, Nexant, Optony, Opower and RavenBrick.  We are also honored to have the Chair of the California Energy Commission, Robert Weisenmiller, leading the group along with a small delegation of California Assemblymembers.

Our mission begins in Beijing and then moves on to China’s leading second tier cities where many of the emerging opportunities lie.  We’ll be blogging throughout the mission about our activities.   So, whether you are already in China’s energy efficiency sector and thinking about expanding or just starting to look into the market, we invite you to follow our updates on the trade mission!  请跟我们一起去!

Energy Efficiency And Renewables Made Up 70 Percent Of The Drop In U.S. Emissions Since 2007

chart-2Interesting news coming out of a recently published report from Greenpeace. According to their analysis, in the United States, growth in renewable generation — and wind in particular — contributed to 40 percent of the fall in emissions, and rising use of energy efficiency covered 30 percent.

See more about this report by clicking here. 

China, Climate and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

chinauseealliance_slider_barbara_1.1The Alliance President, Barbara Finamore, blogged about China’s commitments coming out of the UN Climate talks.

Check it out here!

China and U.S. Vow to Enhance Cooperation in Global Response to Climate Change

Climate talks 9.25 China and US at UN

Zhang Gaoli (2nd L), Chinese vice premier and President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, the United States, Sept. 23, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Some good news coming out of the Climate talks happening at the United Nations this week. The Chinese Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli, met with US President Barack Obama to promote bilateral cooperation in the global response to climate change.

The Chinese Vice Premier urged for more cooperation between the US and China related to energy efficiency in construction and industrial production. Energy efficiency is one of seven priority areas of cooperation in climate change highlighted in their bid to build a new model of major-country relations. Other areas for cooperation Vice Premier Zhang  mentioned were 1) reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, 2) smart power grids, 3) carbon capture and storage, 4) emissions data collection and management, 5) industrial furnaces,  and 6)  forestry.

Click here to read more from Xinhua News