Key low-carbon factors in the evolution of power decarbonisation and their impacts on generation expansion planning

Qixin Chen, Chongqing Kang*, Qing Xia, Yicheng Zhou, Ryuichi Yokoyama

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It's a great challenge to reduce CO2 emission effectively while not affecting the prospects for continuous and rapid growth of the power sector. Converting the traditional fossil fuel-based power generation mix to a low-carbon structure will play an important role in the process of power decarbonisation in the near future. Developing low-carbon technologies, providing economical stimulants and setting compulsory reduction targets are main options to mitigate CO2 emission, which will make a significant impact on the principles and methods of traditional power generation planning. With such an understanding, key technologies of introducing low-carbon options into the modeling of power generation planning are studied, and a new mode of power generation planning based on low-carbon target is presented. A case study is made to analyze the perspectives and features of CO2 emission in the power sector of China in different scenarios, with the reduction potential of various low-carbon options assessed at the same time. The results of this paper could be a helpful reference for cutting CO2 emission. This work is supported by State Grid Corporation of China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalDianli Xitong Zidonghua/Automation of Electric Power Systems
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 10


  • CO emission reduction mode
  • CO trading mechanism
  • Low-carbon technology
  • Power generation planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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