Maggie Yuan Yao analyzes the current status of North Korea’s power sector and future energy prospects under the assumption of peaceful reunification. The energy sector, especially electricity supply, lies at the core of the solutions for the North Korea’s economic development, the political-military situation on the Peninsula, and reunification of the two Koreas. This paper discusses the significance of electricity supply in the DPRK and evaluates the possibilities of electricity grid upgrade and interconnection, the employment of renewable energy, and the potential of nuclear generation after peaceful unification.

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Maggie Yuan Yao is a second-year MA candidate, concentrating in Energy, Resources and Environment at SAIS. She grew up in Tianjin, China and received her undergraduate degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) focusing on Sino-US relations. She was a 2013 Cal-In-Sacramento fellow and interned at both the California Education Department and the Senate Office of International Relations. During her time at SAIS, she interned at the World Resource Institute (WRI) to conduct research on deforestation drivers and perform basic GIS analysis on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently working on China’s energy sector at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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