Insights from Our Experts

For Climate Progress, Solutions Sprout from Cities, States

By Christopher James
At this past summer’s meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), I served on a panel of experts discussing what might happen to America’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the Trump administration’s planned withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The outlook from my fellow panelists was rather pe... Read More

Heißt „Efficiency First“ zwangsläufig „Renewables Last“?

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn
Windmüller und Solaranlagenbetreiber begeistern sich nicht sofort für den neuen Slogan der Bundesregierung "Efficiency First". Jan Rosenow und Andreas Jahn halten aber 100 Prozent erneuerbare Energien ohne Energieeffizienz nicht für machbar. Die Bundesregierung hat sich mit der Veröffentlichung des Grünbuchs „Efficiency First“ auf die Fahnen geschrieb... Read More


By Max Dupuy
最近睿博能源智库发表了一份关于促进欧洲电力市场和系统运行一体化进展的报告(英文版),并为欧盟委员会将来的工作给出了建议。睿博能源智库将继续在市场设计相关议题对欧盟委员会提供咨询。 欧洲的电力行业,正逐步向电力批发市场和系统运行的一体化方向前进,... Read More

Energy efficiency loopholes risk to Paris Agreement

By Jan Rosenow
Energy efficiency is key to achieving the ambitious carbon reduction goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The International Energy Agency (IEA) created a model scenario, aligned with the Agreement, which indicates that half of global emission reductions will be achieved through energy efficiency measures. This is consistent with work by the Intergovernmental Pan... Read More

Utility “Shadow Billing” Can Shed Light on Rate Options

By Janine Migden-Ostrander
Could two electricity bills really be better than one? Just maybe, if the second is a “shadow bill,” provided to educate customers about alternatives to the rates they are charged. Specifically, for electricity customers interested in saving money and for utilities interested in promoting certain electricity rate designs, including time-of-use (TOU) rates,... Read More

Effizienzziele nur mit ambitionierten Politikansätzen zu erreichen

By Jan Rosenow
Ohne Energieeffizienz gäbe es keine Energiewende. Die Kosten für den Umbau des Energiesystems insbesondere im Wärmebereich liefen sonst einfach aus dem Ruder. Daher hat Deutschland über die letzten Jahre systematisch viele Maßnahmen zur Steigerung der Energieeffizienz ergriffen. Allerdings reicht das momentane Tempo des Fortschritts bei Weitem nicht aus und ... Read More


By Christopher James
作为一名曾任职于美国大气环境部门的“监管者”,我认为,中国为了实现能源和环境的宏伟目标,须在制定政策时将二者相结合。尽管任何一个“五年计划”都没有设定通往清洁空气和高效电力市场的途径,中国的决策部门还是应该把握机会提出综合的解决方案。 我最近... Read More

Effective Leadership During Times of Change: Start by Talking to Stakeholders

By Jake Brown
For years, most utilities have operated quietly, keeping the grid humming along while providing reliable and affordable electricity. That system has served us well. Today, transformational change is sweeping through the power sector, challenging utilities to not only provide energy, but also to manage a grid where customers are generating their own electricity... Read More

With Sinking Storage Costs, Big-Box Solar Could Really Take Off

By Jim Lazar
We know that Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Ikea, Kohl’s, and other big-box retailers have installed a lot of rooftop solar. They’ve mostly been doing so under net metering rules, and paying the demand charges for their net load on utilities when their individual peak demands occur. Utilities may think that they are protected in this sector by demand charges. N... Read More

To Achieve Blue Skies, China Needs Common-Sense Energy Policies

By Christopher James
As a former air regulator, I’ve come to the conclusion that China must integrate its energy and environmental policymaking in order to meet its ambitious goals in both areas. Although the path to clean air and efficient electricity markets extends beyond any particular Five-Year Plan, Chinese policymakers have several opportunities to begin integrating these so... Read More