China Prioritizes Energy Access as Winter Comes

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China is pulling out all the stops to secure adequate heating this winter at affordable prices for its citizens, including steps that would delay its energy transition. This has featured an all-of-the-above energy strategy that is delaying some restrictions on coal, alongside efforts to ensure security of gas and renewable supplies — although shaky hydro availability has limited the role of the clean energy source. Beijing's short-term focus on the winter at hand represents an effort to avoid further unrest following recent protests against disruptive Covid-19 lockdowns.

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