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EU must take regionalisation of electricity markets a step further

By Philip Baker
The European Commission has proposed to set up Regional Operational Centers (ROCs), which is a welcome step in the further integration of the EU internal electricity market, writes Philip Baker of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). However, according to Baker, the proposal does not go far enough: more regional coordination is needed if consumers are to reap... Read More

The future of network regulation: Let’s pay consumers to support the grid

By Edith Bayer
The very fabric of modern economies and the challenge to ensure that our energy systems evolve to provide reliable, affordable, clean energy for us, our children, and grandchildren is at stake in Europe this year, explains Edith Bayer. How much do you pay for electricity and why? And what role do you play (if any) in a modern, evolving energy system? These are... Read More

It’s cheaper to save energy than to buy it, despite misleading claims

By Jan Rosenow
"Energy efficiency is too expensive, will increase costs to consumers and push people into energy poverty”—this is a claim made by some commentators in Brussels recently. As the Energy Efficiency Directive is being negotiated in the Parliament, Jan Rosenow reveals how little truth there is to such claims. Buying energy is 5 times more expensive than saving i... Read More

A Pragmatic Proposal for Supplier Compensation

By Philip Baker
The European Commission has proposed that independent aggregators should not be required anymore to pay compensation to suppliers, as is the case in many EU member states today. According to Philip Baker this proposal should be supported, as it will improve the flexibility of the market and lead to lower prices for consumers. However, it may not be appropriate in... Read More

For Climate Progress, Solutions Sprout from Cities, States

By Christopher James
At this past summer’s meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), I served on a panel of experts discussing what might happen to America’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the Trump administration’s planned withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The outlook from my fellow panelists was rather pe... Read More

Heißt „Efficiency First“ zwangsläufig „Renewables Last“?

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn
Windmüller und Solaranlagenbetreiber begeistern sich nicht sofort für den neuen Slogan der Bundesregierung "Efficiency First". Jan Rosenow und Andreas Jahn halten aber 100 Prozent erneuerbare Energien ohne Energieeffizienz nicht für machbar. Die Bundesregierung hat sich mit der Veröffentlichung des Grünbuchs „Efficiency First“ auf die Fahnen geschrieb... Read More


By Max Dupuy
最近睿博能源智库发表了一份关于促进欧洲电力市场和系统运行一体化进展的报告(英文版),并为欧盟委员会将来的工作给出了建议。睿博能源智库将继续在市场设计相关议题对欧盟委员会提供咨询。 欧洲的电力行业,正逐步向电力批发市场和系统运行的一体化方向前进,... Read More

Energy efficiency loopholes risk to Paris Agreement

By Jan Rosenow
Energy efficiency is key to achieving the ambitious carbon reduction goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The International Energy Agency (IEA) created a model scenario, aligned with the Agreement, which indicates that half of global emission reductions will be achieved through energy efficiency measures. This is consistent with work by the Intergovernmental Pan... Read More

Utility “Shadow Billing” Can Shed Light on Rate Options

By Janine Migden-Ostrander
Could two electricity bills really be better than one? Just maybe, if the second is a “shadow bill,” provided to educate customers about alternatives to the rates they are charged. Specifically, for electricity customers interested in saving money and for utilities interested in promoting certain electricity rate designs, including time-of-use (TOU) rates,... Read More

Effizienzziele nur mit ambitionierten Politikansätzen zu erreichen

By Jan Rosenow
Ohne Energieeffizienz gäbe es keine Energiewende. Die Kosten für den Umbau des Energiesystems insbesondere im Wärmebereich liefen sonst einfach aus dem Ruder. Daher hat Deutschland über die letzten Jahre systematisch viele Maßnahmen zur Steigerung der Energieeffizienz ergriffen. Allerdings reicht das momentane Tempo des Fortschritts bei Weitem nicht aus und ... Read More