The Electricity Regulatory Commission or the Ministry of Energy of the National Energy Administration
According to the new round of reforms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission （ECCC） may be incorporated into the National Energy Administration.
Our reporter learned from a number of reliable sources on March 4 that the National Electricity Regulatory Commission or the National Energy Administration, the plan to form a new National Energy Administration has been discussed at the Second Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee and will be submitted to the opening on March 5. Deliberated at the 12th National People's Congress.
According to sources, the new National Energy Administration will be upgraded to the ministerial level, but it will still be under the National Development and Reform Commission.
According to the procedure, if the National People's Congress deliberates and approves the program, the China Office will formulate a relevant "three-set" work plan. The above sources said that after the reorganization, the preparation of the National Energy Administration will increase, and the ranks of internal officials will be adjusted accordingly. Wu Xinxiong, the current chairman of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, may be one of the hot candidates for the new National Energy Administration.
An insider of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission also confirmed to this reporter that "the above restructuring plan has been confirmed, but the relevant documents and arrangements have not been communicated within the SERC."
The aforementioned sources analyzed that after the merger and reorganization of the SERC and the Energy Bureau, the scope of energy supervision may extend from the power industry to coal, oil, natural gas and other fields. "At that time, in terms of institutional setup, it is possible to set up multiple supervisory committees under the Energy Bureau to supervise the supervision of various industries."
At present, energy policy and regulatory functions are scattered in more than 10 departments such as the National Energy Commission, the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Energy Administration, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Electricity Regulatory Commission, and the State Administration of Work Safety. Large state-owned energy companies such as State Grid, PetroChina, Sinopec, CNOOC, and Shenhua Group also undertake some policy functions.
Based on the current status of fragmented management in the energy sector, the call for the establishment of the "Great Energy Department" has increased in recent years. In a report submitted to the senior management in September last year, the China Energy Research Association also proposed to re-establish the Ministry of Energy.
According to the above-mentioned new round of institutional reform plan, the SERC and the Energy Bureau have not established an independent energy management department after reorganization, which makes the expectation of the establishment of the "Great Energy Department"， which may be frustrated again.
According to sources, although the independent Ministry of Energy has not been formed for a while, if the new National Energy Administration can be upgraded to the ministerial level, the preparation of the Energy Bureau will increase, and the industry management capacity will improve, which is directed toward the "Great Energy Department"。 A new step in the direction. At present, there are only 112 administrative establishments of the National Energy Administration.
Another point of this reform plan, which is far from the expectation of the outside world, is that the restructured energy industry management and regulatory agencies have failed to achieve separation. "This shows that the national energy regulation may adopt a mode of integration of political supervision and supervision for a period of time," said the insider of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.