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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

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