China to Restructure NEA, Integrate Electricity Commission
China has unveiled plans to restructure the National Energy Administration in order to streamline administrative and regulatory system for the energy sector, Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing State Councilor Ma Kai who was speaking at the National People's Congress on Sunday.
The new NEA will incorporate the functions of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, which will be dissolved, Ma said in the report on the institutional reform of the State Council, or the Cabinet.
The main responsibilities of the consolidated administration include drafting and implementing energy development strategies, plans and policies, advising on energy system reforms and regulating the sector, Xinhua reported. The planned restructuring aims at "further pushing forward the development and reform of the energy sector and enhancing its supervision and regulation," he added.
The NEA was established in 2008 in the last round of government institutional reform under the purview of the all-powerful National Development and Reform Commission.
The new NEA will remain under the jurisdiction of the NDRC, which will focus on coordination between planning of the energy sector and that of the national economy and social development, Ma said.
China does not have an energy ministry and policies for the sector are framed by a myriad of departments, including the NDRC and the commerce, taxation, finance, and land and resource ministries.
(Platts Mar. 2013)