University of Colorado at Boulder

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Graduate Student

Xi Wang

Energy transitions; electricity systems; China; electricity planning

Ph.D. Student of Geography

Environment-Society
Emily Yeh (Faculty Advisor)

Research Interests

Xi Wang is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at University of Colorado-Boulder. Xi is broadly interested in energy transitions to a low-carbon economy, particularly in the electricity sector. Her doctoral research examines electricity sector planning in China.

Xi received her Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies in May 2014. Her thesis, The Emergence of the Renewable Portfolio Standard in the U.S.: A Case Study of Negotiating Power in California, traces the origins of the popular renewable portfolio standard (RPS). It shows how the RPS was not an imminent policy outcome in the U.S., and initially emerged during electricity restructuring as a radical policy instrument that went against the grain of dominant thinking.

Xi has also served as an intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and as a Breakthrough Generation Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute. Prior to graduate school, Xi worked as a strategy and technology consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. While there, she also engaged in social, food, and environmental justice activism. Xi earned a Bachelors of Arts in English literature from Cornell University.

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