Low or No subsidy? Proposing a regional power grid based wind power feed-in tariff benchmark price mechanism in China

Ruixiaoxiao Zhang, Koji Shimada, Meng Ni, Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Johnny K.W. Wong

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The Chinese government plans to adopt a low or no subsidy policy mechanism on renewable energy power development in the future. To achieve a balance between reducing financial burden on the government and ensuring profitability of investors as well as to account for the regional differences in China, a novel regional wind power grid feed-in tariff benchmark price mechanism by Net Present Value (NPV) method and Real Option (RO) method is proposed in this paper. The results voice support on the appropriateness of gradually decreasing the wind feed-in tariff (FIT) benchmark price to as low as the coal-fired FIT. The proposed FIT price level is presented as a price range on the basis of a guaranteed Internal Rate of Return (IRR) falls in between 8% to 15% for wind power investors. The results indicate that the current FIT price should be readjusted and redistributed. Although the FIT price in Central and South China grids is recommended to be relatively high, the NPV of wind farm project value in six regional grids are at the same level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111758
JournalEnergy Policy
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Feed-in tariff
  • Net present value
  • Real option
  • Regional power grids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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