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Publication Date

First Quarter 2024

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

With the increased concerns about climate change, more and more countries are formulating proper carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction targets based on their practical development stage. To realize the national strategy of decarbonization of primary energy and electric power sector, electric power industries need to undergo reforms to cope with the multiple challenges of carbon emission reduction, marketization, and energy transition. When facing this low-carbon transition problem, it is necessary to change the conventional structure and operation mechanism of the energy and power industries. Likewise, this change will also promote the development and application of digitalization and intelligence in power system.

From the perspective of the total amount emission control, the low-carbon transition of the power industry must properly coordinate while providing supports for the decarbonization of the entire national economy. This coordination requires the power industry development to sustain the country's macro policies and financial guidance in industrial structure adjustment and environmental pollution control. It is desired to conduct systematic and in-depth research including how to clearly describe and qualitatively evaluate the impacts and effects of macro policies and economic systems; how to achieve good coordination between the power industry, national macroeconomic strategies, and energy planning strategies in a low-carbon environment; how to measure the economic costs, and quantify the effects of carbon emissions reduction to social benefits; how to properly determine the carbon emissions reduction targets for the power industry, the decarbonization space of each link. At the same time, in the ongoing electricity market reform process, the emerging carbon trading market will have intricate interactions with the low-carbon reform policies of the power industry. Due to restrictions on electricity price policies, power dispatch, power generation and transmission capacity, it is difficult to accurately and quickly deliver carbon impacts caused by carbon prices to end-users. This reduces the effects of setting carbon prices in the power sector on promoting emissions reduction in related industries. Meanwhile, one of the latest trends in power systems involves artificial intelligence technologies supplementing the conventional model-based power system analysis.

This Special Issue is intended to encourage scholars and experts to systematically discuss the latest research progress and development trends in “Research on Power Technology, Economy and Policy Towards Net-Zero Emissions” and related energy transition topics, promote in-depth research and share academic and technical achievements.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Accurate measuring and computing architecture for carbon emissions from energy networks.
  • Intelligent system modeling and optimization for low-carbon energy networks.
  • Big data analytic frameworks for net-zore emission power networks.
  • Policies, economic measures and path planning to achieve net-zero emissions power networks.
  • Analysis and evaluation of low-carbon networks in all aspects of the power industry, such as telecommunication network, transportation network, etc.
  • Privacy data collection, storage and management for demand side in large-scale energy networks.
  • Technical measures to achieve carbon emission reduction targets in power networks.
  • Digital and intelligent technologies that support the low-carbon transformation of energy networks.
  • Research on the electricity market mechanism supporting net-zero emissions transactive electricity networks.

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference.

All papers are to be submitted through the journal editorial submission system. At the beginning of the submission process in the submission system, authors need to select “Special Issue on Power Technology, Economy and Policy Towards Net-Zero Emissions” as the article type.

All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines, which can also be found on the website provided above. Papers will be evaluated following the journal's standard review process.

All papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers for their technical merit, scope, and relevance to the CFP.

Important Dates

Manuscripts Due: 31 October 2022 (extended to 31 March 2023)
First-Round Peer Reviews to Authors: 31 May 2023
Revised Manuscripts Due: 31 July 2023
Final Decision: 31 September 2023​​​​​​​
Estimated Publication Date: First Quarter 2024

Guest Editors

Junhua Zhao (Lead)
The Chinese University of Hongkong, Shenzhen, China

Fushuan Wen
Zhejiang University, China

Junbo Zhao
The University of Connecticut, USA

Ciwei Gao
Southeast University, China

Jing Qiu
The University of Sydney, Australia

Yue Zhou
Cardiff University, UK