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Efficiency First must tackle implementation issues to be effective

by Jan Rosenow Zsuzsanna Pató on

Efficiency First policy needs to be effectively applied across the EU in order to meet decarbonisation goals. As is the case in many countries in Europe, households in Great Britain can benefit from public subsidies if they install renewable heating systems. This is not surprising given that heating our buildings results in about 20% of…

Heating homes with hydrogen: Are we being sold a pup?

by Jan Rosenow on

Hydrogen has an important role to play in the clean energy transition, but there are better options for decarbonising heating in our homes. The expression ‘to sell someone a pup’ comes from an old confidence trick, where a bag purportedly containing a piglet would be sold, only for the new owner to discover that it…

California’s Outages Are a Teachable Moment

by Carl Linvill on

Two keen observers of the power sector, Jigar Shah and Cheryl LaFleur, have noted that the responses to the rotating power outages in California on August 14 and 15 became a Rorschach test of individual preexisting biases. Before many facts were known, a favorite villain was chosen and a conclusion drawn: too much solar, not…

Why would anyone finance another coal power plant in China?

by Max Dupuy on

Government officials and state-owned energy enterprises in China are currently debating another wave of coal power investment, despite a severely diminished business case for the technology. These companies that own and operate China’s coal fleet are already facing financial losses, thanks to increasing competition from renewables, market reforms and overcapacity in the sector. Some recent estimates find that the cost of building new…

EV charging infrastructure in Europe: A clear path for a competitive market

by Julia Hildermeier on

Electric mobility will play a key role in helping Europe’s transport sector recover from the current crisis. European and national recovery programmes, which are based on the European Commission’s Green New Deal, are already showing clear signs of this. Germany, for example, has decided to double its support for consumers purchasing electric vehicles (EVs). Early…

Extended ETS outperforms carbon border adjustment in the power sector

by András Mezősi Zsuzsanna Pató László Szabó on

The European Commission’s proposal to introduce a carbon border adjustment mechanism would not work as well as extending the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to reduce global emissions and further integrate energy exporting countries into the European power market. Carbon leakage occurs in any carbon pricing regime that is not global, which means all of them…

With the Shift Toward Electrification, Decoupling Remains Key for Driving Decarbonization

by Rachel Gold Jessica Shipley on

States across the United States are increasingly prioritizing electrification of transportation and buildings to meet their decarbonization goals. Utilities are an important driver of this investment, so it’s critical that their business incentives be aligned with the public policy goals of an affordable, reliable, decarbonized and efficient energy system. To keep costs down for electric…

Getting off gas: Future risks for energy poor households

by Louise Sunderland on

If you are in pain, you go to a doctor who prescribes a painkiller. This cheap, proven and readily available treatment relieves your pain and temporarily solves your problem. However, if you continue to take the pills, you risk the considerable downside of long-term reliance without addressing the cause sustainably. For many UK households experiencing…

Striking the Balance in Energy Efficiency Regulation Between Utility Incentives and Customer Costs

by Janine Migden-Ostrander Martin Kushler on

As Americans continue to face rising affordability challenges and struggle to pay their utility bills, consumer advocates are understandably concerned about keeping bills as low as possible. Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost resource and provides customers with the opportunity to reduce how much they spend on electricity. It is a critical resource in the fight…

Early insights from India’s first month operating the real-time market

by Dheer Patel on

India’s real-time market (RTM), launched on June 1st, 2020 on both the power exchanges after two years of public consultations by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). The RTM is a centralized market platform which runs a double-sided closed auction, closer to delivery. The market runs every 30 minutes, i.e., 48 times a day. The…