China’s “New” Energy Administration

Erica S. Downs
Erica S. Downs Former Brookings Expert

November 19, 2008


China’s new National Energy Administration (NEA), established in March 2008, is the PRC government’s latest attempt to create an effective national-level energy institution. Periodic restructurings of China’s energy bureaucracy since 1949 have produced a series of institutions that lacked the authority, autonomy, resources, and tools to govern the energy sector. NEA is unlikely to be an exception.