The World Bank (WB) is a big organization with over 11,000 employees around the world. They rarely accept undergraduate student interns, so I really appreciate this opportunity.
On the first day of work, my mentor Dan Kammen showed me around the World Bank and introduced me to the staff in the Sustainable Energy Department (SEG). Dan is my overall mentor, but I also have a direct supervisor, Xiaolu Yu, who is working with me on a day-to-day basis. Because of the Bank’s need, I am working closely with the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) department on China Renewable Energy Scale-up Program (CRESP). It has been developed by the Government of China (GOC) in cooperation with the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide assistance with the implementation of a renewable energy policy development and investment program. It has entered into Phase 2, which focuses on China's national grid and how to integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid and how to transmit electricity from the western to the eastern regions. In the past weeks, I have done several tasks for this program. I wrote a memo analyzing China’s experimentation with carbon trading in six provinces/municipalities. I also collected information on China State Grid Corporation’s 12th Five Year Plan.