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Voluntary Renewable Energy Certificates: Win-Win for India Inc. and Government

By Rasika Athawale, Ranjit Bharvirkar
Government actions to facilitate the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) can improve Indian companies’ ability to compete globally—a major policy objective of the current government. Driven partly by consumer demand, firms are being serious about the “source” of energy they use for operations. According to the Harvard Business Review, firms tha... Read More

“共益电气化:确保电气化实现公共利益”系列报告之《共益电气化:热水供应》

By David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, Jessica Shipley
执行摘要 技术进步,无论是发电效率还是最终使用燃料,都为共益电气化提供了机会。热水供应就是这些机会之一。热水供应占住宅能源帐单的近20% 左右——而且简单地说,今天用电加热1加仑水所需的能源,远远少于直接用化石燃料加热。 在本文中,我们探索可用于热... Read More

India Kick-Starts Wholesale Market Reforms

By Dheer Patel
Over the last couple of decades, Indian policymakers have been implementing a wide range of reforms in the electricity sector with the goal of providing reliable, affordable, and clean power to all citizens. During the last few months, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has started describing wholesale electricity market reforms through a series... Read More

EU at risk of missing 2020 energy efficiency targets: Lessons for 2030

By Samuel Thomas
Energy consumption in the EU is rising despite targets to reduce demand across Europe. This should not come as a surprise and is explained mainly by GDP growth, writes Samuel Thomas. It’s 1992. The Republicans have been in the White House for 12 years. President George H. W. Bush Sr. has overseen victory in the Cold War and a wave of optimism for the future... Read More

Energy markets will deliver the flexible, decarbonised power system that we need, not capacity markets

By Michael Hogan, Philip Baker
Energy-only markets will enable the integration of the European electricity market and development of the flexible resources needed to support a decarbonised future. Philip Baker and Michael Hogan offer a critique to RTE’s impact assessment of the French capacity market. Energy-only markets (EoM) are the building blocks of Europe’s integrated electricity m... Read More

A perfect match: Using carbon revenues to finance energy efficiency

By Catharina Wiese, Richard Cowart
Europe is racing to meet ambitious 2030 and 2050 climate goals but is still stumbling over one of the foundation stones of a cost-effective clean energy transition—investments in end-use energy efficiency. While this month’s “yellow vest” protests in France are not focused on the emissions trading system (ETS), they are a striking reminder of how hard it ... Read More

“共益电气化:确保电气化实现公共利益”系列报告之《共益电气化:供暖》

By Jessica Shipley, Jim Lazar, David Farnsworth, Camille Kadoch
执行摘要 睿博能源智库认为,有效益的电气化,或者说实现社会利益最大化的电气化,需要达到以下一个或多个条件,且对另外两个条件不产生反作用: 从长期看可以为消费者省钱; 促进电网的更好管理; 减少对环境的消极影响。 由于供暖在普通美国家庭的能耗... Read More

EVs’ Rise Doesn’t Need to be Auto Dealers’ Demise

By David Farnsworth
Some argue that the growth of electric vehicles will be the end of auto dealerships. Car dealers today derive significant revenues by providing parts and service for the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles they sell. If EVs, with their far fewer moving parts and far lower maintenance requirements, displace ICE vehicles, the reasoning goes that dealer revenu... Read More

Back to the future: A strong electric vehicle benchmark can cut transport emissions and help modernise Europe’s electricity grid

By Julia Hildermeier
Over a century ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were the best-selling cars on the market. In 1900, 28 percent of cars on the road in the U.S. were electric. If the competing combustion engine technology had not taken over, today’s policymakers would likely face a much smaller challenging in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the transport ... Read More

Britain’s capacity market: What Europe can learn

By Philip Baker
The U.K.’s marketwide capacity mechanism for electricity provides a solution to a supply problem that has yet to emerge, writes Phil Baker. A targeted strategic reserve is likely to be a more cost-reflective alternative, he argues. In 2014 Great Britain introduced a marketwide capacity mechanism in the belief that necessary investment in generation capacity ... Read More