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Use Less, Save More: Adding a Conservation Incentive to Percentage of Income Payment Programs

By Janine Migden-Ostrander
For low-income households, being able to afford utility service is a constant struggle. The average American household spends 2-3% of its income on its energy bills, but for a low-income family, the energy burden can be more like 15-20% (or higher). Customers may have to decide whether to put money toward utility bills, to avoid a disconnection, versus paying for... Read More


By Wang Xuan, Max Dupuy, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl
近年来,中国以及世界各国的电力系统正在发生着根深蒂固的变化。在供应侧,大规模可再生能源并网需要有更灵活的运行机制,在需求侧,新兴的发用电技术和应用包括可再生能源分布式发电、电动汽车、储能和电气化改变了传统的集中式发用电模式。此外,能源通讯系统... Read More

Be Strategic with Your EV Funding: The Essential Charging Network

By Camille Kadoch, Julia Hildermeier
As the Rolling Stones once told us, “You Can't Always Get What You Want.” That idea might certainly apply to jurisdictions that would love to have the resources to build out a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles, but find that they have to downsize their ambitions for fiscal reasons. Some places are sorting this out by focusing first on build... Read More

De elektrische truck: goed laadplan kan veel geld besparen

By Jaap Burger
Tijdens de pandemie zijn we veel meer thuis én bestellen we meer online. De bestelbussen in de straat zijn daarom een steeds zichtbaarder onderdeel van de logistieke keten. De meeste CO2-uitstoot en geluidsoverlast van transport komt echter van vrachtwagens. Vervangen we deze dieseltrucks door elektrische alternatieven, dan dragen we bij aan het terugdringen van... Read More

A Next-Generation Approach to Energy Resource Procurement

By Megan Anderson, Carl Linvill
Three trends in the power sector are converging to drive rapid and unprecedented change. State and utility climate goals are driving significant investment in clean energy. Fossil-fueled generation is aging and retiring at the same time that renewable energy and storage are increasing in efficiency and declining in cost. And increased electrification of end uses,... Read More

Unlocking electrification through rebalancing levies and taxes

By Jan Rosenow
I frequently receive requests for advice based on my personal experience as an owner of a heat pump and an electric vehicle. Often I get asked whether I now pay more for my energy than before. People are more keenly aware today of the high costs of electricity and they hesitate to switch away from fossil fuels if it costs them more money. This is concerning be... Read More


By Max Dupuy
得州能源危机引起了美国以及世界各国媒体的广泛关注。在中国,有关得州事件与中国电改相关性的讨论也正在进行。得州政府和相关专家现在正处于调查分析危机的早期阶段,距离所有相关事实公开还需要一段时间。也许现在给出完全确定的结论还为时过早,但可以从得州... Read More

Brussels, Texas – lessen uit de winter black-out

By Bram Claeys, Michael Hogan
Het ligt in onze menselijke aard te zoeken naar bevestiging van voorafnames. Dat was in de eerste reacties op de blackouts door de winterstorm in Texas niet anders. Ook in België, waar de politieke zenuwen gespannen staan door de nakende kernuitstap en een capaciteitsubsidie nodig lijkt om elektriciteit in de winter te garanderen. Nu betrouwbare informatie be... Read More

Real-life drama: Learning from a Texas tragedy

By Michael Hogan
Othello: “But this denoted a foregone conclusion.” Iago:    “Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream                And this may help to thicken other proofs               That do demonstrate thinly.” Othello, Act 3, Scene 3 Shakespeare’s tragedy centers on the theme of conclusions hastily arrived at, reflecting prior susp... Read More

RGGI’s Program Review Offers a Chance to Revisit Local Air Quality Needs

By Nancy Seidman, David Farnsworth
While there is substantial evidence that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has been very successful at reducing carbon and other emissions across the multi-state region, there is still important work to be done to document and ensure air quality improvements at the local level — especially in frontline communities that either host fossil-fuel power ... Read More