EEAA/IEEE/EE One-Day Forum 2018


EEAA/IEEE/EE One-Day Forum 2018

Smart Technology and Energy Strategy for

Hong Kong’s Electricity Supply Industry Towards 2033

Venue: TU201, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

                TU107 (Video Streaming)

Date: 28 April 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 9:00-18:15

Forum Agenda:


Registration (at TU201 entrance)


Welcome Message

Mr. William Chan, Chair, EEAA


Opening Address

Dr. Edward Lo, Associate Head, EE


Topic 1: Renewable Energy for Hong Kong, Opportunities and Challenges

Mr. CK Lau, HK Electric


Topic 2: Energy Storage Technology for present and future Power Processing

Prof. Eric Cheng, EE


Tea Break (compliment)


Topic 3: Review of Energy Strategies in selected places for promoting RE development in Hong Kong



Topic 4: Technical and Financial Performance of Hong Kong Power Utilities in 2005-2017 and Looking Ahead

Mr. Jimmy Shih, EEAA


Q & A

All panelists in the morning sessions




Topic 5: Energy Audit and Power Plant Performance in Power Utilities

Mr. PR Lang, retired professional


Topic 6: Regulation in Energy Strategy

Mr. Stephen Chan, CLP Power


Topic 7: Consumption Effects of an Electricity Decarbonization Policy: Hong Kong

Prof. CK Woo, APS, EdUHK


Tea Break (compliment)


Topic 8: Nuclear Safety & Development in PRC

Mr. CS Lee, DNMC

Mr. Roger Chen, GNPJVC


Topic 9: International platform for promoting Power and RE development in Hong Kong

Prof. HY Chen, GCPES


Q & A and Panel Discussion

All panelists and invited guests


Closing Remarks

Prof. Z. Xu, Chair, IEEE Joint Chapter

Moderator: Prof. Z. Xu, EE Department of PolyU

Guests:  Prof. AK David, Former Fellow- IEEE & Dr. CW Tso, Fellow- HKIE/IMechE

Theme of the Forum

The Forum is the second of this kind jointly organized by EEAA, IEEE JC and EE Department. The Forum serves as a platform of further education, information sharing, people networking and public policy understanding for the public and engineering community in Hong Kong.

HKSAR has stated clearly her energy policy with aims to support Hong Kong’s economic development by providing reliable supplies of energy at reasonable prices, promoting its economical and safe use, and at the same time minimizing the environmental impact in the production and use of energy. HKSAR has signed new Scheme of Control Agreements (SCAs) with power supply utilities in Hong Kong for the next 15 years commencing on 1 January 2019 and ending on 31 December 2033 regulating utilities return, business operation, high quality services to the consuming public continues in terms of adequacy, reliability, efficiency etc. at the lowest cost which is reasonable in the light of financial and other considerations.

HKSAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Energy Administration of Mainland on Supply of Natural Gas and Electricity to Hong Kong on commercial basis so as to facilitate Hong Kong in making greater use of clean energy.

The above framework would likely pave the way ahead and shed light to indicate how the electricity supply industry would be operating in Hong Kong for the next two decades

The Forum has invited renowned Panelists to present/share their views/comments covering various aspects relating to energy and power that are expected to be the key issues, focal points, and topics of continuous discussions, debates, arguments in the next decade or so.

With these in mind, the organizing committee of the Forum consisting of representatives from EEAA of PolyU, IEEE Joint Chapter and EE Department of PolyU, would thus explore the topics and subjects that may catch interest of the community at large.


This Forum is open to public and is free of charge. Please enroll online via before 24/4/2018, and places are strictly limited to 350 on first-come-first-served basis. Confirmation will be sent by email. Certificate of attendance will be issued at the event venue.

Thanks for the generous financial support from both CLP Power and HK Electric, tea/coffee with light refreshment will be provided in the two tea breaks as a compliment. Regarding the lunch arrangement, 5 tables (i.e. 60 seats) have been booked at the Chinese restaurant, 4/F Communal Building on self-ordered and payment basis, but indication of taking the lunch as so arranged in the prior online enrollment process is needed. Others may opt to take lunch in nearby restaurants in the proximity of PolyU.

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Members of the Organizing Committee

Prof. Z. Xu, IEEE JC & EE of PolyU, Convener

Dr. CT Tse, EEAA & IEEE JC, Coordinator

Mr. William Chan, EEAA & IEEE JC

Mr. Perry Chow, EEAA & MTRC

Mr. Jacobus Ngai, IEEE JC


Mr. Jimmy Shih, EEAA

Mr. Eddie Wu, IEEE JC & CLP Power

Topic 1: Renewable Energy for Hong Kong, Opportunities and Challenges

Synopsis: The Environment Bureau of HKSAR Government published its Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+ report in January 2017. Hong Kong, being part of China, is determined to lower the carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 65 to 70%, surpassing China’s 60 to 65%, from the 2005 level by 2030. One of the measures is to increase the renewable energy (RE) generation. HK Electric has been a pioneer to install RE, with its first and only commercial scale wind turbine in Hong Kong installed back in 2006. Since then, HK Electric has been installing and exploring additional RE generation. Based on HK Electric’s experience, this presentation will discuss the opportunities and challenges for RE installations in Hong Kong.

Mr C.K. Lau was graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic and joined HK Electric since graduation until today. He had over 30 years of experience in the Power Industry. His present capacity with HK Electric is General Manager (Projects) and is responsible for the development of generation, transmission and renewable energy projects. Mr. Lau is a Chartered Engineer of IET, a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and a member of IEEE. He was the Chairman of IET HK for the session 2013-2014.

Topic 2: Energy Storage Technology for present and future Power Processing

Synopsis: The technology of energy storage is closely related to renewable energy system, electric mobility and power processing. Besides the well-known Li-ion battery, there are many possible energy storage devices that can be effectively used for today smart power system. They are super-capacitor, fuel cell, Li-C and many others. Today energy storage systems have been used extensively in electric vehicles, solar power, peak demand control and backup power. The operation needs substantial power electronics technology and research. The talk will discuss different types of energy storages and their applications. The comparison and its technology knowhow such as devices monitoring, equalization, power regeneration, charging and discharge will be described.

Prof Eric Cheng obtained his BSc and PhD degrees both from the University of Bath in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Before he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1997, he was with Lucas Aerospace, United Kingdom as a Principal Engineer and led a number of power electronics projects.

His research interests include all aspects of power distribution, power security, power electronics, motor drives, electromagnetic interference, electric vehicle, battery management, and energy saving. Dr. Cheng received the IEE Sebastian Z De Ferranti Premium Award in 1995, the Brussels Innova Energy Gold Medal with Mention in 2007, the Consumer Product Design Award in 2008, the Electric Vehicle Team Merit Award of the Faculty in 2009, Geneva Invention Expo Silver Medal in 2011 and Eco Star Award in 2012, Gold Prize in super-capacitor, at Seoul International Invention (2015), iCAN 2016 for contribution in active suspension and Gold Award – 7th Hong Kong innovation and technology Award.

Topic 3 Review of Energy Strategies in selected places for promoting RE development in Hong Kong

Synopsis: In recent Legislative Council Meeting on 12 July 2017, the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, disclosed that the HKSAR Government has since 2008 been providing different incentives to encourage the use of environmental protection (EP) installations in the industrial and commercial sectors, He went on mentioning that the Government entered into agreements with the two power companies with effect after 2018, will introduce a feed-in tariff scheme which allows private organisations to invest in REPG installations and connect such installations with the public power grids while the power companies will purchase the electricity generated by such installations (green electricity) at a rate higher than the normal electricity tariff rate, so as to encourage the development of distributed renewable energy.

The Review in the Forum serves to provide an overview of development in selected places of renewable energy in recent years, followed by discussing the key issues with highlights on the salient features of policy measures (including FiT) worth to be taking reference for promoting RE development in Hong Kong.

Dr. HW Ngan received his MSc, MBA and PhD from the University of Aston, University of Hong Kong and University of Strathclyde respectively. He has been conferred as the Guest Professor of the Institute of Electric Power Economics by the North China Electric Power University, Beijing; and Invited Specialist by the Research Centre for Beijing Energy Development. Before retirement, he was the Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Dr. Ngan has been an active member of the professional society. He is elected as Fellows of HKIE and IET and Senior Member of IEEE. He was the former Chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and former Chairman of the PES of the IET Hong Kong.

Dr Ngan’s research interests span across power system analysis, simulation, energy policy and planning for sustainable energy development, and electricity market reform. He participates actively in collaborative research such as the RGC supported Theme-based research project in Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Utilization, and taking up research coordinating position as the CEO of the Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy (APRI-SGRE) with the South China University of Technology.

Topic 4: Technical and Financial Performance of Hong Kong Power Utilities in 2005-2017 and Looking Ahead

Synopsis: Since late 1970’s, Hong Kong electricity supply industry has been regulated by Hong Kong Government under several consecutive scheme of control arrangements. These schemes of control govern the operation of the supply utilities and power tariff setting. Fundamentally, the rate setting is asset based. The technical performance and financial performance of China Light and Power and Hong Kong Electric are reviewed and contrasted based on the statistics released by these two companies in their annual report. As a new scheme of control to be effective in 2019 will be performance based more than its predecessor, the speaker would also explore the (1) likely benefits of and costs for, (2) what need to be done for and (3) the likely the industry structure options for, a fully integrated power system in Hong Kong.

Mr. Jimmy Shih was a power engineer by education, career and experience in Hong Kong until 1994 when he shifted his focus in business development of power plants in Asian Pacific region including China by joining a major global power company. In late 2009, he founded The WHI Limited focusing on project development and provision of consultancy services in wind and hydro power in Asia region.

Topic 5: Energy Audit and Power Plant Performance in Power Utilities

Synopsis: Energy auditing is like financial account auditing but using energy units and is widely adopted to validate values and quantify energy consumption or production in industrial and utility sectors of high energy consumption in production of chemical or petrochemical process, oil refining, metal smelting, equipment manufacturing, energy production or power generation. The speaker demonstrates how energy audit is performed in a power plant, where heat rates and power outputs are the main two concerns for validation and quantification. Specific knowledge in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, simulation skills, software, terminology used etc. would also be covered.

Mr. PR Lang is a professional in aerothermodynamics, ballistics, propulsion; fuel combustion & reactions for engines evaluations & performance simulation. He began his career since 1980s in UK/US OEMs and has oil/gas exploration & mining experience as well as engines & process plants operation knowledge. For last 30 years, he has conserved multi-national energy firms, consulted and applied his specialist knowledge in energy audit for engines, power plants & process plants related to efficiency in single/combined cycle operation including coal steam plant by his own software.

Topic 6: Regulation in Energy Strategy

Synopsis: Energy is not a topical subject in Hong Kong until recently when the community has seen or read about the impact of climate change in other places around the world or suffered from the toll of extreme weather and hostile typhoons themselves. There are 3 main types of energy sources / forms in Hong Kong, namely gas, oil and electricity. It is only the latter that is being regulated. The electricity industry has been operated with the clear objectives of supply reliability, public safety, environmental protection and last but not least competitive tariffs. The sharing session aims to see what the regulation in HK has done to guide the industry through the different stages of development of HK and how it prepares HK to meet the new and imminent challenges of energy  while managing the objectives.

Mr. Stephen Chan is an engineer by training and started his career with an international oil major before joining CLP. He has worked in South East Asia and mainland China. Currently, he is the Director – Strategic Planning and Regulatory Affairs in CLP Power Hong Kong and responsible for the regulatory matters related to the HK electricity business of CLP. He holds an MBA degree and a Common Professional Certificate in Laws.

Topic 7: Consumption Effects of an Electricity Decarbonization Policy: Hong Kong

Synopsis: This paper estimates the consumption effects of an electricity decarbonization policy’s implementation. For Hong Kong, these effects are decreases in electricity consumption and increases in town gas consumption. Using a sample of monthly data for the period of 1981-2016, we document the low price responsiveness of Hong Kong’s electricity and town gas demands by customer class (residential, commercial and industrial). Hence, the 40% projected electricity rate increase due to Hong Kong’s adopted electricity decarbonization policy may only have a small demand-side impact on CO2 emissions. Finally, the electricity demands’ low price responsiveness implies: (1) Hong Kong’s demand-side-management should mainly rely on energy-efficiency improvements; and (2) restructuring Hong Kong’s electricity industry should consider the potential for market power abuse aided by price-inelastic electricity demands.

Prof. C.K. Woo (PhD, Economics, UC Davis) is Acting Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong, now on leave from Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (, a San Francisco consulting firm that he cofounded in 1993. With 30 years of industry experience, he has published over 140 refereed articles on applied microeconomics and energy economics. He is a senior fellow of the United States Association for Energy Economics, and an editorial board member of Energy, Energy Policy and The Energy Journal.

Topic 8: Nuclear Safety and Development in PRC
Synopsis: Global warming is considered as one of the major international challenges being managed by different nations collaboratively. In November 2015, all countries agreed to limit global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, while urging efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees under the COP 21.  China, as one the major energy consumers in the world, is committed to combat against global warming along with this Paris Agreement. The increased utilization of clean energy is one of the major initiatives promoted by different countries, including mainland China and Hong Kong. Around 11% of the electricity produced worldwide came from nuclear which established a substantial position in the world energy portfolio. Nuclear energy has a major role to play in achieving this mission.  The talk aims to share with participants on the fundamentals of nuclear power generation, nuclear safety consideration through the application and experience at Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station, and the development of nuclear energy in mainland China.

Mr. Chi Sing Lee joined CLP Power Hong Kong Limited in 1991 as graduate trainee and he has held various technical and managerial positions in various departments covering responsibilities on power plant construction & commissioning at Black Point Power Station, IT management, organization and cultural change, training and development, etc. Ir Lee was seconded to Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co., Ltd. (DNMC), a joint venture between CLP and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), in 2008 and has worked in the Operations and Maintenance Departments before he assumed his current role as the First Deputy General Manager of the company. Ir Lee obtained the BSc and MSc degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991 and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1998 respectively. Ir Lee is also a chartered engineer and members of HKIE, IET, and IEAust.

Mr. Roger Chen joined CLP Holdings Limited (CLP) through the CLP Executive Program in 2002. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company (GNPJVC), a joint venture between CLP and CGN. GNPJVC owns the first two large-scale commercial pressurized water reactor generating units in China with a total electrical capacity of 1,968MW, locating in Daya Bay, Guangdong. Throughout his career in CLP, Roger has held various managerial positions in commercial, corporate strategy, planning, and business development with CLP Power Asia, CLP Power Hong Kong, as well as CLP China. Prior to joining CLP, he had extensive experience in business development in China. Roger holds a Bachelor of Engineering from The Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Master of Business Administration from Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Topic 9: International platform for Promoting Power and Energy development in Hong Kong

Synopsis: With the rapid development of Mainland China, implementation of the national initiative of “The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road” and construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, it has special significance to establish international platforms for power and energy development in Hong Kong. The Global Chinese Power & Energy Society (GCPES) set up in November 2017 aims to provide a platform for communication and contact among the Chinese people in the power and energy industries across the world. Based on the connection of genealogy and culture, the society strengthens contacts and academic/technical exchanges and cooperation, organizes academic/technical meetings, and puts out academic/technical publications. Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Co. Limited (APRI-SGRE) incorporated in July 2014 focuses on research and development of Smart Grid and renewable energy technologies. The achievements and plans of GCPES and APRI-SGRE will be introduced in more detail.

Prof. Haoyong Chen obtained his BSc and PhD degrees both from the Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1995 and 2000 respectively. Before he joined the South China University of Technology in 2006, he was with the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University as an academic staff.

He is an influential professor of electrical engineering (in both academia and industry) in China, Chair of GCPES, Chief Scientist of APRI-SGRE, director of Institute of Power Economics and Electricity Markets of South China Univ. of Technology and founder of Universal & Prudential Think Tank for Power and Energy (Guangzhou, China). His key research areas include power system planning, operation and control, renewable energy & Smart Grids, power economics & electricity markets, and integrated energy systems. He is an active interdisciplinary researcher in power and energy engineering and principal of many key national projects of China. He has established close connections with Chinese power industry.

This Forum is jointly organized by the Electrical Engineering Alumni Association (EEAA) of PolyU, the IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Joint Chapter (HK), and the Electrical Engineering Department (EE) of PolyU, and is also co-organized (in alphabetical order) by:

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy (APRI-SGRE)

Asian and Policy Studies Department, Education University of HK

Asian Centre for Sustainable Development

Global Chinese Power and Energy Society (GCPES)

HKIE Control, Automation & Instrumentation Division

HKIE Electrical Division

IEEE EMC Society Hong Kong Chapter

The Institute of Measurement and Control, HK Section


Forum Registration

This Forum is open to public and is free of charge. Please enroll online before 24/4/2018, and places are strictly limited to 200 on first-come-first-served basis. Confirmation will be sent by email. Certificate of attendance will be issued at the event venue.

Online Registration