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Policy Brief June 14, 2021

Fit for 55: Aligning European policy for decarbonised heat in buildings

By Louise Sunderland, Marion Santini, Jan Rosenow

Heat in buildings is still largely delivered by burning fossil fuels. To meet Europe’s 2030 climate target, the European Commission assesses the buildings sector must reduce emissions by 60% over 2015, and close to one in four heating systems will need to be replaced. How do we ensure that these systems are replaced with decarbonised alternatives? Two centra...

Heating and Cooling, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 10, 2021

Making renewable heating ‘Fit for 55’

By Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott, Jan Rosenow

The European Union has committed to several ambitious climate targets, including the reduction of carbon emissions by a net of 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. To meet these goals, the European Commission expects to rapidly decarbonise its building sector throughout the decade. One way to ensure the EU meets its targets and drives massive change is to replace older,...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Report June 8, 2021

Pricing is just the icing: The role of carbon pricing in a comprehensive policy framework to decarbonise the EU buildings sector

By Samuel Thomas, Louise Sunderland, Marion Santini

To meet the European Union’s carbon goal of reducing emissions by at least 55% net from 1990 levels, the European Commission wants the buildings sector to take the lead. The EU’s Climate Plan Impact Assessment sees building renovations and sustainable renewable heating system replacements cutting carbon emissions in the sector by 60% by 2030. At the same time...

Climate and Public Health, Regulation and Governance, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Presentation June 3, 2021

Process and Engagement in a Time of Change

By Richard Sedano

​​In a rate design seminar for the Financial Research Institute, Richard Sedano explored process options available to public utility commissioners as innovation accelerates in today's changing power sector....

Business Models, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Report June 1, 2021

Next steps for MEPS: Designing minimum energy performance standards for European buildings

By Louise Sunderland, Marion Santini

Meeting the European Commission’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by at least 55% by 2030 will require renovating buildings at previously unheard of rates and depth. This goal opens up vast opportunities for citizens, national economies and progress towards climate goals, but also issues a formidable challenge. To date, most Member St...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief

中国西北地区电力行业转型和煤电退出路线图: 政策和监管策略

By Regulatory Assistance Project

要满足中国新近制定的气候和能源目标,包括碳达峰和碳中和目标,中国的电力行业需要从以煤炭为主导的发电组合,向非化石资源组合转型。这将需要以提高运行和投资效率为重点的持续的政策改革。 西北地区具有丰富的可再生能源资源潜力,初步的电力市场发展为促进...

Market Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Policy Brief May 26, 2021

Road Map for Power Sector Transition and Coal Generation Retirement in Northwest China: Policy and Regulatory Strategies

By Regulatory Assistance Project

Meeting China’s ambitious new climate and energy goals will require dramatic change within the power sector, transitioning from a coal-dominated generation mix to a more carefully targeted mix of non-fossil resources. This shift will require continued policy reform focused on advancing environmental objectives while improving operational and investment efficien...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Power Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Presentation May 25, 2021

Cost Allocation and Rate Design for a DER Future

By Mark LeBel

​In a presentation to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mark LeBel explored key issues and best practices for cost allocation and rate design in today's power sector. ​...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary