China mulls new energy ministry
Beijing, January 7, 2012
China is considering a proposal to create an energy 'super-ministry' as part of a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in 2013, two independent sources said, a step that would help Beijing impose its will on an industry beset by bureaucratic infighting.
The new ministry would replace the National Energy Administration, China's main energy regulator, and take on the energy-related duties now scattered across other government bodies, said the sources, who requested anonymity due to political sensitivities.
'Various interest groups are now wrestling over the plan, but there is a need for an energy super-ministry,' a source with ties to China's top leadership said.
Without a unified energy regulator, Beijing has struggled to achieve many of its priorities, including establishing a strategic petroleum reserve and reining in its chaotic coal industry.