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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

对美国得克萨斯州能源危机的一些初步想法

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

区域电力市场的形成和协调

By Wang Xuan, Max Dupuy, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl
早在2017年8月,国家发展改革委、国家能源局印发《关于开展电力现货市场建设试点工作的通知》,选择南方(以广东起步)、蒙西、浙江、山西、山东、福建、四川、甘肃等8个地区作为第一批电力现货市场建设试点。目前,已有多个试点进入了全月结算试运行阶段,然而各... Read More

区域电力市场:助力清洁零碳转型

By Wang Xuan, Max Dupuy, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl
2020年,中国各省在电力市场建设方面不断推进,一些地区已经初步建立了区域和省级相衔接的电力中长期交易体系,并加速向区域一体化现货市场方向发展。 七月份发布的国家能源局综合司《关于开展跨省跨区电力交易与市场秩序专项监管工作的通知》(国能综通监管【202... Read More

What has gone wrong with the Green Homes Grant?

By Jan Rosenow, Louise Sunderland
The Green Homes Grant risks becoming the second government home energy efficiency scheme in a decade designed to fail. The last decade wasn’t a good one for energy efficiency policy in the UK. We all remember the Green Deal, the coalition government’s flagship energy efficiency policy that was supposed to support 14 million home retrofits by 2020. It was t... Read More

Getting the most from forthcoming minimum energy performance standards

By Louise Sunderland
This decade must be a decade of building renovation. To meet the new European climate target of a 55% emissions reduction by 2030, our buildings must go further faster, reducing emissions by 60%. But we are at an almost standing start. It is a well-worn statistic that only 1% of European buildings undergo energy renovations each year. It’s less well known th... Read More

China’s Energy Plan: Making It Work for Carbon Peaking

By Max Dupuy
In November 2020, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) requested general input on the yet-to-be-published 14th Five-Year Energy Plan (2021-25) and allowed a brief window for submissions. This post is an edited version of the rapid-response input RAP provided. RAP focused on suggestions for the electricity plan component of the energy plan. The electrici... Read More