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The Duck is Learning to Fly in California and Hawaii

By Jim Lazar
I took a look at electricity data recently from California and Hawaii and I saw a duck that was learning to fly. Well, what I saw was that the so-called Duck Curve–the load shape some grid operators expect to contend with as increasing levels of wind and solar resources create ramping challenges for conventional generation–is evolving slower over time in t... Read More

Gdzie się zmieści Polska w nowym modelu rynku energii w UE?

By Edith Bayer, Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera
Zamiast kosztownych mechanizmów pomostowych w rodzaju operacyjnej rezerwy, należy poprawić efektywność sektora i określić długofalową wizję rozwoju energetyki. Europejski system energetyczny znajduje się fazie transformacji, która jest wywoływana potrzebą modernizacji, postępem technologicznym oraz koniecznością redukowania emisji: Wedłu... Read More

The Case for Market Monitoring—A Key to Successful Electricity Markets

By Sarah Keay-Bright
The European Commission wants households and business consumers “to be at the heart of” the EU’s upcoming European energy market reforms. This priority, which the European Council and European Parliament seem to support, makes sense as the potential gains for electricity consumers are enormous. Consumers have already reaped at least half of the total ben... Read More

EU Vehicle CO2 Standards: Redesign for Power System and EV Synergies

By Sarah Keay-Bright
The EU’s upcoming CO2 standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) provide an opportunity to accelerate modernisation and decarbonisation of both the transport and power sectors. This presents a one-time opportunity to boost EU global competitiveness. Adapting these standards to take into account the transformation underway in the power sector could yield huge ... Read More

We Need a Lorry-Load of Energy Savings; in the new ECO, the Government Delivers a Hatchback

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart
The United Kingdom was once a world leader in energy savings. We proved that investing in buildings, insulating lofts, and switching to efficient boilers, motors, and lighting created jobs, saved money, and lowered the environmental costs of energy systems. But in recent years we have turned our back on our own evidence, reducing the breadth and depth of energy e... Read More

Hot Showers and Cool Rides: Wind, Sun, and the Duck Curve

By Jim Lazar
As we look out over the power sector transformation that is unmistakably upon us, there are those who warn of the sacrifices, the risks, and the costs that could come with more and more intermittent electricity generation—wind and solar energy, for example—on the grid. They show us the “duck curve” that suggests that balancing supply and demand is more ch... Read More

Lighting the Path to a Brighter Future

By John Shenot
With so many attention-grabbing headlines coming from sunny places like Nevada, Arizona, California, and Hawaii, one could easily be led to think that’s where all of the solar power action is in the United States. Not true! In fact, solar power is steadily gaining ground in all corners of the country. Consider, for example, the groundbreaking work (pun intended... Read More

Carbon Markets: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future

By David Littell
Neo-classical economics tells us that markets reduce costs and increase social welfare. It also teaches that pollution not properly accounted for is a classic economic externality. That is, if clean air and clear water are not properly valued, degrading them reduces economic efficiency, impacts social welfare, and increases social costs. Pollution not-paid-fo... Read More

Energy Efficiency in the UK: Time to Get Out of Reverse Gear

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart
In recent years across the UK, citizens, government, and the business community have all demonstrated a willingness to lead the world in the fight against climate change. So the mystery today is: Why is the UK walking away from energy efficiency, the most effective and least-cost way of reducing carbon emissions? We certainly know better. When it comes to ener... Read More

Renewables in China and India: How the two Asian Giants are Struggling with Inflexible Power System Operations

By Max Dupuy, Ranjit Bharvirkar
In recent years, China and India have greatly expanded renewable energy capacity. Installed wind capacity in China reached 129 GW at the end of 2015, up 23 percent over six months earlier and now the highest in the world. Solar PV generation capacity has also grown quickly, reaching 43 GW in December 2015, up from 28 GW a year earlier. India’s totals are smalle... Read More