China, U.S. Race to Deploy e-Buses

What’s the future of electric buses in China and the United States? How can both countries take advantage of this technology to cut carbon emissions and boost their economies?

The China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance in October, 2017 gathered experts in EV manufacturing and energy from China and the U.S. to tackle these questions and other issues, including:

  • PG&E’s and SCE’s $824 million proposals now before California regulators to build charging infrastructure and launch innovative rate schemes.
  • Why there are so many more e-buses on China’s roads than in the U.S?
  • What can China and the U.S. learn from each other to accelerate adoption of electric buses and trucks, to influence public policy, financing, and technology?

Panelists were:

    • David Sawaya, PG&E’s lead on the CPUC proposal.
    • Andy Swanton, vice president, BYD, China’s largest EV manufacturer.
    • Dean Taylor, SCE’s senior scientist on EVs and lead on the CPUC proposal.
    • Yunshi Wang, UC-Davis, Director, China Center for Energy and Transportation
    • John Boesel, CEO, Calstart.org. Moderator

(Full disclosure: PG&E and SCE are Alliance donors.)

Listen to a recording of the panel here or download.

Photo: Electric muni-buses by BYD, X’ian, China.

Utilities of the Future in China, U.S.

Major changes in policy, regulations and technology are disrupting business as usual among utilities in both the United States and China. So the Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department, convened an expert panel in November 2016 to wrestle with these challenges. What can we learn from each other to improve utilities for the future? What’s the role of energy efficiency in the utilities’ changing world?

Panelists included:
Jan Berman, Senior Director, Energy Efficiency Strategy, PG&E
Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program & Senior Attorney, NRDC. Moderator
Kate Gordon, Vice Chair, Paulson Institute
Fritz Kahrl, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
Joe Kruger, Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future
Ella Zhou, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Photo: Beijing Grid. By Marjorie Sun