The Barriers to Energy Efficiency in China: Assessing Household Electricity Savings and Consumer Behavior in Liaoning Province

Energy Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1202-1209, 2009

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP10-17

9 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2011 Last revised: 16 Nov 2011

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Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit; Department of Business Technology & Development

Dianshu Feng

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Vu Ming M. Khuong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: December 3, 2009

Abstract

This article investigates the barriers to energy efficiency at the residential sector within one province in China and explores patterns of household electricity consumption. The article presents the results of a survey questionnaire distributed to more than 600 households in Liaoning Province, field research at various Liaoning government agencies, and research interviews of Liaoning government officials to determine the efficacy of their energy efficiency efforts in China. It then investigates the extent that electricity consumers have taken advantage of energy efficiency opportunities relating to more efficient lights, water heaters, appliances, air-conditioners and heaters, and better energy-efficiency labels. The article also assesses the degree that electricity users have become more aware about electricity prices and their levels of consumption, and touches on the connection between rising levels of income and electricity use. It concludes by providing recommendations for how to improve efforts to promote conservation and reduce electricity load growth in Liaoning Province and beyond.

Keywords: Liaoning Province, energy efficiency, household electricity consumption

Suggested Citation

Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Feng, Dianshu and Khuong, Vu Ming M., The Barriers to Energy Efficiency in China: Assessing Household Electricity Savings and Consumer Behavior in Liaoning Province (December 3, 2009). Energy Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1202-1209, 2009; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. PP10-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1912386

Benjamin K. Sovacool

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Dianshu Feng (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Vu Ming M. Khuong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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