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Across the Pond, but in the Same Boat: The 2017 California–Germany Bilateral Energy Conference

By Carl Linvill, Andreas Jahn
Germany and California hold the distinctions on their respective continents of being first movers in decarbonization policy. Both have aggressively pursued power sector decarbonization with ambitious renewable energy policies, and both have now set their sights on decarbonizing the building and transport sectors. While they have differences, their implementation ... Read More

How Do You Know If “The Price Is Right” for Community Solar Programs?

By John Shenot
In television’s longest running game show, contestants are challenged to guess the prices of a wide variety of consumer goods. The contestant who comes closest to the actual price, without going over, is the winner. I found myself thinking about The Price Is Right at a recent workshop in Denver, hosted by the Community Solar Value Project—one of 14 innovat... Read More


By Wang Xuan, Max Dupuy
背景:配售电改革 2015年11月,中国首家增量配电网混合所有制企业取得配网经营权,负责深圳自贸区配售电及综合能源供应等业务。鼓励社会资本有序投资、运营增量配电网是电改9号文的举措。2016年10月, 国家发改委,国家能源局联合印发了关于《售电公司准入与退出管... Read More

Excess Rooftop Solar Generation, A Source of Help for Neighbors

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Dara Torre
It seems that almost overnight, huge numbers of American electricity consumers have become electricity producers, mostly via their rooftop solar systems. Today, these Americans aren’t just pulling electrons from the grid, they are adding to the supply of electricity, this indispensable component of modern life. Many are probably producing more electricity th... Read More

Does “Efficiency First” mean “Renewables Last”?

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn
The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of legislation puts “Efficiency First.” Generally praised by energy efficiency advocates, this principle evokes fear in the renewable energy sector. Does Efficiency First mean that renewable energy takes the back seat? Will Efficiency First slow down the remarkable expansion of renewable... Read More

The Clean Growth Strategy puts faith in energy efficiency – here’s how to do it

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart
The UK government’s new Clean Growth Strategy gives quite a lot of priority to energy efficiency. That’s good news, write Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart. What’s needed next is to develop the policies that actually deliver the goods. This can be done by following the principle of Efficiency First. The Clean Growth Strategy, launched by the UK governmen... Read More

EU must take regionalisation of electricity markets a step further

By Philip Baker
The European Commission has proposed to set up Regional Operational Centers (ROCs), which is a welcome step in the further integration of the EU internal electricity market, writes Philip Baker of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). However, according to Baker, the proposal does not go far enough: more regional coordination is needed if consumers are to reap... Read More

The future of network regulation: Let’s pay consumers to support the grid

By Edith Bayer
The very fabric of modern economies and the challenge to ensure that our energy systems evolve to provide reliable, affordable, clean energy for us, our children, and grandchildren is at stake in Europe this year, explains Edith Bayer. How much do you pay for electricity and why? And what role do you play (if any) in a modern, evolving energy system? These are... Read More

It’s cheaper to save energy than to buy it, despite misleading claims

By Jan Rosenow
"Energy efficiency is too expensive, will increase costs to consumers and push people into energy poverty”—this is a claim made by some commentators in Brussels recently. As the Energy Efficiency Directive is being negotiated in the Parliament, Jan Rosenow reveals how little truth there is to such claims. Buying energy is 5 times more expensive than saving i... Read More

A Pragmatic Proposal for Supplier Compensation

By Philip Baker
The European Commission has proposed that independent aggregators should not be required anymore to pay compensation to suppliers, as is the case in many EU member states today. According to Philip Baker this proposal should be supported, as it will improve the flexibility of the market and lead to lower prices for consumers. However, it may not be appropriate in... Read More