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Policy Brief June 5, 2017

Aligning Europe’s Policies for Carbon, Efficiency, and Renewables: Creating a “Virtuous Cycle” of Performance and Emissions Reduction

By Richard Cowart, Matthias Buck, Suzana Carp

Since the earliest days of environmental policy there has been an ongoing and robust debate over the roles of pollution pricing on the one hand, and direct regulatory and governmental programs on the other hand, as tools to reduce pollution levels equitably and efficiently. Today, as European decision-makers simultaneously negotiate the rules for the 4th Phase of...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Market Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report June 5, 2017

Energy saving obligations across three continents: contrasting approaches and results

By Steven Nadel, Richard Cowart, David Crossley, Jan Rosenow

One of the major energy efficiency strategies in the EU is a requirement that Member States establish energy efficiency obligation (EEO) schemes or alternative measures that would deliver a growing level of energy savings from measures delivered to end use energy customers. Sixteen Member States have adopted or plan to adopt such schemes, including six whose sche...

Energy Efficiency Obligations Download View Summary
Report June 5, 2017

Will the Winter Package deliver on efficiency first?

By Richard Cowart, Mariangiola Fabbri, Jan Rosenow

The European Commission’s so-called ‘Winter Package' of energy legislation will provide the framework for energy policy in the European Union for many years to come. It contains proposals for a whole range of energy-related reforms including energy markets, energy infrastructure, renewable energy, climate policy, and energy demand. In this paper, we carry out...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Download View Summary
Presentation May 2, 2017

Efficiency First: Delivering Business Efficiency in a Competitive World

By Richard Cowart

At a meeting of the G20 in Hamburg, Germany, Richard Cowart spoke about the principal governmental policy decisions needed to turn the concept of "Efficiency First" into a commercial reality. Efficiency First is a principle applied to policymaking, planning, and investment in the energy sector that prioritizes investment in customer-side efficiency resources when...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Policy Brief April 13, 2017

Will the Winter Package Deliver its Promise to put ‘Efficiency First’?

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart, Edith Bayer, Mariangiola Fabbri

The Winter Package is an ambitious proposal for an energy policy framework meant to deliver on the commitment of the European Union to make ‘Efficiency First’ a guiding policy principle in energy policymaking. However, beyond the high-level commitment, many areas of the Winter Package fall short of comprehensively adopting the Efficiency First principle. I...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Obligations Download View Summary
Policy Brief March 15, 2017

Benefits to Consumers and Climate of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart

Article 7 of the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive is a key driver of energy efficiency in Europe, and as such it is worth looking more closely at how well it can deliver benefits to consumers. An examination of energy efficiency obligations (EEOs) and other measures deployed by Member States to comply with Article 7 shows that they deliver a wid...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation March 13, 2017

Demand Response as a Power System Resource

By Richard Cowart

At a two-day training event on energy efficiency policy and regulation hosted by the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) in Budapest, Hungary, Richard Cowart shared European and U.S. experiences with demand response programs....

Demand Response, Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design Download View Summary
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Webinar (video)

From programmes to markets – how to leverage market forces for energy efficiency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and RAP are conducting an in-depth analysis for the G7 on the design of market-based instruments for the delivery of energy efficiency. The study examines market mechanisms and economic instruments, such as auctions and tendering programmes, utility obligations, and white certificates, analysing the choices that policymakers face and the key...

Presentation February 23, 2017

From programmes to markets – How to leverage market forces for energy efficiency

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and RAP are conducting an in-depth analysis for the G7 on the design of market-based instruments for the delivery of energy efficiency. The study examines market mechanisms and economic instruments, such as auctions and tendering programmes, utility obligations, and white certificates, analysing the choices that policymakers ...

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Market Design Download View Summary