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By Wang Xuan, Max Dupuy
背景:配售电改革 2015年11月,中国首家增量配电网混合所有制企业取得配网经营权,负责深圳自贸区配售电及综合能源供应等业务。鼓励社会资本有序投资、运营增量配电网是电改9号文的举措。2016年10月, 国家发改委,国家能源局联合印发了关于《售电公司准入与退出管�... Read More

Excess Rooftop Solar Generation, A Source of Help for Neighbors

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Dara Torre
It seems that almost overnight, huge numbers of American electricity consumers have become electricity producers, mostly via their rooftop solar systems. Today, these Americans aren’t just pulling electrons from the grid, they are adding to the supply of electricity, this indispensable component of modern life. Many are probably producing more electricity th... Read More

Does “Efficiency First” mean “Renewables Last”?

By Jan Rosenow, Andreas Jahn
The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of legislation puts “Efficiency First.” Generally praised by energy efficiency advocates, this principle evokes fear in the renewable energy sector. Does Efficiency First mean that renewable energy takes the back seat? Will Efficiency First slow down the remarkable expansion of renewable... Read More

The Clean Growth Strategy puts faith in energy efficiency – here’s how to do it

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart
The UK government’s new Clean Growth Strategy gives quite a lot of priority to energy efficiency. That’s good news, write Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart. What’s needed next is to develop the policies that actually deliver the goods. This can be done by following the principle of Efficiency First. The Clean Growth Strategy, launched by the UK governmen... Read More

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