He has been closely involved in the country's development of renewable energies. The NDRC has changed names as the state department was restructured, but Shi's job and focus has remained essentially the same.
Shi was the designer and main impetus of China's pubic tendering mechanism for wind projects. This began in 2003 and led to rapid development of the sector. A renewable law, which came into effect in 2006, ensured the sustained high-speed development of wind energy. Shi was pivotal in enacting the legislation and his efforts later led to the benchmark wind feed-in tariffs and the renewable energy subsidy fund.
He is now working on policies such as the compulsory renewables quota system, which is likely to be another driving force for the country's development of renewables. He remains instrumental to China's goal of installing 200GW of wind capacity by the end of 2020.