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Paying our way out of purgatory? Is carbon pricing enough?

By Louise Sunderland
After the Pope backs a carbon tax to stem global warming, Louise Sunderland argues that only when coupled with the strategic use of the revenues will carbon taxes be efficient and cost-effective enough. This month, Pope Francis announced that carbon pricing was “essential” to stem global warming, which “threatens the very future of the human family.” ... Read More

国际电力改革和气候变化季报-Q2-2019

国际电力改革和气候变化季报回顾近期全球电力行业和气候变化政策和监管的最新进展,并摘选一些我们认为对中国特别相关的进展,以供参考。 1) 美国:燃煤发电量持续下降 美国能源信息署报告称,2018年美国燃煤净发电量占总发电量的比重从2015年的35%下降至2018年的2... Read More

Why I replaced my new gas boiler with a heat pump

By Jan Rosenow
After installing a new air source heat pump in my home, I posted a photo on Twitter, delighted about the carbon emissions we will save. My celebration, however, was short-lived. The post triggered an intense discussion with many people feeling that my decision to replace my six-year-old gas condensing boiler was unjustifiable. "Ripping out a perfectly well functi... Read More

Regulatory Reform is a Game of Hopscotch, Not a Flying Leap

By Jessica Shipley
The changes underway in the electricity industry are well documented: Demand is flat or declining; renewable energy and storage technology costs are plummeting; utilities and third parties are offering customers new technologies and services; and the need to cut emissions is increasing. And there’s a growing recognition that adapting to these changes requires n... Read More

New Approaches Needed to Value India’s Energy Resources

By Rasika Athawale
Central and state renewable energy procurement agencies in India cancelled approximately 7,000 MW of tenders for solar and wind capacity addition in 2018. They reason that delaying procurement will lead to savings in purchase costs, since the levelised cost of energy for new projects is generally lower than the cost of old ones. The hidden costs of delaying rene... Read More

Drei Strategien zur Integration von E-Fahrzeugen

By Julia Hildermeier, Andreas Jahn
Elektrofahrzeuge bieten erhebliche wirtschaftliche und ökologische Vorteile, damit sind sie ein wesentlicher Bestandteil einer sauberen Mobilität und der Verkehrswende. Ob diese Vorteile tatsächlich realisiert werden, hängt jedoch davon ab, wie optimal E-Autos in unsere Stromnetze eingebunden werden. Gelingt die Netzintegration, profitieren nicht nur Nutzer d... Read More

将电动汽车整合到电网中的三大智能要素

By Julia Hildermeier, Christos Kolokathis
众所周知,电动汽车(EV)革命价值非凡,可以为电力系统、经济、环境和气候带来广泛效益。然而,这些效益是否会实现,在很大程度上取决于电动汽车与电网的整合程度。如果整合得当,电动汽车可以实现清洁能源和清洁交通的转型,既便宜又互利。 很多人都知道电动... Read More

Three smart ways to integrate electric vehicles

By Julia Hildermeier, Christos Kolokathis
Promising practices are emerging in Europe and the United States to integrate electric vehicles into the grid and advance the clean mobility and energy transitions. We know that electric vehicles (EVs) can deliver extensive economic, power system, environmental and climate benefits, which is what makes the EV revolution so valuable. Whether we capture these be... Read More

Don’t throw money for heat decarbonisation out of the window

By Jan Rosenow
Last winter, I visited friends in London, who live in an old Victorian house. When I arrived for dinner, they told me that we could not use the kitchen as it was too cold. The radiators were running at full capacity, but most of the heat they generated leaked directly out of the house. It was impossible to keep the temperature above 10 degrees Celsius, even thoug... Read More

Walking the walk on capacity mechanisms

By Philip Baker, Michael Hogan
Following the decision of the General Court of the European Union in November last year to annul the capacity market in Great Britain, the European Commission has now embarked on a detailed formal investigation of the market’s design. The Court’s decision no doubt caused the Commission some embarrassment. However, a positive outcome of the annulment would ... Read More