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Germany Adopts “Efficiency First” Principle – Let’s Work to Make it a Reality

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn
The German government recently published its Green Paper on Energy Efficiency and launched a consultation process inviting comments on the ideas put forward in the green book. RAP’s detailed response provides evidence and examples of the essential role that end-use energy efficiency must play in a faster and lower-cost transition to a clean energy economy. The ... Read More

Transparenzanforderungen der Energiewende

By Andreas Jahn
Im Fokus der weiteren Reform des europäischen Energiemarktes sollen nach dem Willen der Europäischen Kommission, des Europäischen Rates und des EU-Parlaments die Haushalte und Geschäftskunden stehen. Der gemeinsame EU-Strommarkt mit den gekoppelten nationalen Strommärkten erspart den Verbrauchern in der EU bereits heute Kosten in Milliardenhöhe. Allerdings ... Read More

Why the UK will Miss its Climate Targets Without a Step-Change in Building Energy Efficiency

By Jan Rosenow, Pedro Guertler
The last 18 months have been a major set-back in the British policy landscape affecting carbon emissions from buildings: the trajectory to zero carbon new build has been paused; government support for Green Deal finance was withdrawn with no alternative mechanisms in place to encourage and enable investment by able-to-pay households; government announced that fun... Read More

Delivering the Benefits of Customer Participation in the Energy Market

By Philip Baker
Europe’s new energy project promises to put a focus on consumer interests, yet what this new market would look like in practice is often poorly understood. As the European Commission ponders the design of a new and interconnected energy market for Europe, it needs to make sure this market benefits consumers, while not disadvantaging suppliers. Phil Baker, senio... Read More

Wholesale Electricity Markets and Pricing in China: How is Reform Going?

By Max Dupuy, Wang Xuan
Implementation of wholesale electricity markets is a major theme of China’s power sector reform effort, launched in early 2015. The central government has issued guidance documents on market design, and various Chinese provinces and regions have announced pilots for wholesale electricity markets. However, policymakers are still working to specify and build cons... Read More


By Max Dupuy
设计和实施竞争性的电力批发市场并不容易。即使是对电力市场拥有长期经验的欧洲,仍然需要解决很多问题。大规模发展可再生能源的目标,在欧洲政策者起初转向自由电力市场的时候几乎还不存在,而现在已成为新的挑战。 欧盟对能源未来的愿景中,包括了建立对新的... Read More

Energy Prices, Not Capacity Mechanisms, are Key to Ensuring Reliability at the Lowest Cost

By Michael Hogan
Electricity generators often claim that prices cannot fully reflect the value of the reliability they offer the market. Hence they insist they need separate capacity payments to justify investments. But according to Mike Hogan, the current energy market design is fully able to reflect the value of reliability, even if it doesn’t always do so in practice. In a n... Read More

Is It Time to Retool Regulation for Clean Air, Clean Energy?

By Ken Colburn, Christopher James
Looking at the electric power industry today brings to mind the well-known April 1970 dispatch from Apollo 13: “Houston, we have a problem.” Actually, we have several. Prominent among them is the growing permeation of environmental issues into energy policy and energy issues into environmental policy. On the one hand, for example, the U.S. Environmenta... Read More


By Max Dupuy, Wang Xuan
最近几个月,中国政府为解决可再生能源弃电和煤电机组投资过度双重挑战颁布了一系列政策。特别是国家发改委,国家能源局《关于做好风电、光伏发电全额保障性收购管理工作的通知》(发改能源【2016】1150号)和《关于促进我国煤电有序发展的通知》(发改能源【2016】56... Read More

Excess Coal Generation Capacity and Renewables Curtailment in China: Getting With the Plan

By Max Dupuy, Wang Xuan
In recent months, the Chinese government has issued several high-profile policy statements directed toward the twin challenges of renewable energy curtailment and runaway investment in coal-fired capacity. These new policies appear to signal policymaker interest in dealing with these problems and might have some success in the near term. However, they rely on blu... Read More