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India’s electric grid reliability and its importance in the clean energy transition

By Rasika Athawale
Not too long ago, electricity consumers across states in India used to suffer long and frequent power outages. Daily or weekly load shedding – pre-defined intervals for planned power supply cut-off – was so prevalent that people used to plan their routine around their distribution company’s (discom’s) load shedding calendar. That changed substantially a c... Read More

Sweetening the deal for heat decarbonisation

By Samuel Thomas
Many governments recognise the link between sugar consumption, obesity and diabetes. As a result, sugar taxes are now in place in more than 50 jurisdictions, including nine European countries. The UK and Ireland introduced modest sugary drinks taxes in 2018. One year later, sugar consumption from soft drinks in the UK had fallen by 10%. If only reducing carbon... Read More

How to get from a cottage industry to a million heat pumps a year

By Jan Rosenow, Pedro Guertler, Richard Lowes
The UK has made incredible strides in decarbonising its power system beyond what many thought was possible. Carbon emissions were at a record low over the recent Easter weekend. While heat pumps have been seen as a strategically important sustainable heat technology for years, the rapid progress in the power sector offers an urgent opportunity to decarbonise heat... Read More

Pipe dream: alleviating energy poverty with hydrogen

By Jan Rosenow, Louise Sunderland
The debate about how to reduce emissions from home heating is hotting up, but it risks being derailed by vocal proponents for the use of hydrogen in place of fossil gas. Affordable home heating with hydrogen is, quite literally, a ‘pipe dream’ [noun: a hope or plan that is impossible to achieve]. The available evidence indicates hydrogen has no significant fu... Read More

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

零售电价改革:浅谈中国当前面临的挑战及解决方案

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

Drama aus dem wahren Leben: Lernen aus einer texanischen Tragödie

By Michael Hogan, Andreas Jahn, Christian Redl, Philipp Litz
Die Ereignisse am Strommarkt in Texas im Februar 2021 waren ein traumatisches Ereignis. Jedoch kann man eine Wiederholung verhindern, wenn man die Ursachen kennt. Wir wollen die wichtigsten Aspekte hervorheben. So führten die Winterstürme zu Bedingungen, die möglicherweise seit 100 Jahren nicht mehr erreicht wurden. Ausnahmesituationen im US-amerikanischen ... 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