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Industrial Energy Efficiency Can Improve Air Quality

By Sara Shapiro-Bengtsen, Christopher James
Despite the Chinese government’s extensive efforts to improve air quality per the State Council’s “Ten Measures” Action Plan and implementation of regional air quality control measures, air pollution recently worsened in the Jing-Jin-Ji region (Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei). After months of consecutive improvement last year, air quality progress slowed and... Read More


By Sara Shapiro-Bengtsen, Christopher James
尽管中国政府为治理空气污染竭尽全力,国务院还出台了《大气污染防治行动计划》( 简称“大气十条”),并实施了区域空气质量控制措施,但京津冀地区空气质量的改善趋势今年一度还是出现了反复。 在去年几个月空气质量好转之后,去年秋天空气质量改善的步伐开始... Read More

Blick über den Atlantik (II): Wie sind die Energiemärkte in den USA aufgebaut?

By Andreas Jahn, Raffaele Piria
Deutschland - wie auch Europa - hat sich ambitionierte Energiewendeziele gesetzt, die auf Basis eines wettbewerblichen Energiemarkts erreicht werden sollen. Bezüglich der Frage des Marktdesigns befindet sich Europa mit dem sogenannten Winterpaket sowie Deutschland mit dem „Energy-Only-Markt“ (EOM) 2.0 (plus verschiedene Reserven) weiterhin in einem Diskussio... Read More

There’s Far More Opportunity Than Crisis in California Renewables Curtailment

By Jim Lazar
California curtailed renewables this spring. This sets off alarm bells in some quarters because it suggests that solar and wind are overbuilt and present a big challenge to the grid. The concerns, however, are misplaced, and solutions are at hand. Here’s the situation. The California ISO (CAISO) experienced negative power prices during the solar day, and cur... Read More

Blick über den Atlantik: Wie wird in den USA Energieeffizienzpolitik gemacht?

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn, Raffaele Piria
Deutschland hat sich ambitionierte Ziele zur Energieeinsparung gesetzt. Im Vorwort zum Grünbuch Energieeffizienz schreibt Sigmar Gabriel, damaliger Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Energie: „Energieeffizienz ist ganz entscheidend für das Gelingen der Energiewende und die Umsetzung der Ergebnisse der jüngsten Klimakonferenz in Paris. Efficiency First heißt... Read More

European Council set to wipe out energy efficiency progress, leading to a decade of higher energy costs

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart
Saving energy saves money, improves security, lowers emissions, and makes it easier to meet renewable energy and climate goals. That’s why energy efficiency is the sensible foundation for the Energy Union and the 2030 Clean Energy Package now under review: deeper savings make the rest of the goals so much easier to achieve. They will also generate considerable ... Read More

Supplier Compensation: European Commission and US FERC See Eye to Eye

By Philip Baker
Energy suppliers are lobbying against a proposal from the European Commission to remove barriers to demand response schemes, writes Philip Baker. According to Baker, the Commission should stick with its proposal. Demand response, he argues, will bring great savings to energy consumers. What is more, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the United St... Read More

Proposed Electricity Directive a Step in the Right Direction for Customers, Demand Response

By Philip Baker
Explicit demand response, where aggregators enable small commercial and domestic consumers to directly participate in the wholesale power market by flexing their demand, is a vital resource in the transition to a sustainable electricity system. However, barriers to the successful development of this vital resource exist in many Member States, including the need f... Read More

Big Thinking from a Small State

By Richard Sedano
Once in a while, it can be interesting to take a deep look at what one state is doing in the power sector reform arena. New York, California, and others get a lot of attention. But the small state of Rhode Island (pop. 1.05 million) has significant ambition and is taking a path that a small state, really any state, can take. Rhode Island started with a lot of ... Read More

Spotting Opportunities to Innovate

By Richard Sedano
Two years ago, RAP produced a Menu of Options  for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. The report contains 26 detailed chapters, 25 of which look at proven technologies for reducing power-sector GHG and other pollutants, and at various policies that have also been demonstrated to promo... Read More