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The main challenges to achieve an integrated European smart-grid NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Week, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The EU commission faces several challenges in order to convert a budding yet timely effort in smart grid research into a full grown market with its infrastructures and set of rules They are are of different nature: regulatory, economic and social. Re...
Paying for kWh, kW or km? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Traditionally, the distribution charge paid by consumers of electricity connected to a grid is based on the capacity for which they subscribe and the number of kWh withdrawn during a given period. Energy consumption is however actually a poor approxi...
Nuclear Construction: Never On Time, Or Budget NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Month, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
After years where nobody was building any, 4 new reactors are under construction in the US, supported by all manner of support, subsidies, government loan guarantees and you name it. Much rests on how these 4 reactors will turn out in terms of gettin...
Extending the life of ageing nuclear reactors could help bridge the energy gap NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Changing the rules by which nuclear power stations are judged to be safe or not may sound unpalatable to some, even outright dangerous. But this is what the Office of Nuclear Regulation is considering in order to extend the life of Britain’s ag...
Money for Nothing NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Since the beginning of electricity grids, demand has fluctuated and supply has been made to follow along. But for decades, economists and some grid engineers have dreamed of having demand play a more active role in balancing the system. With increasi...
European Electricity Prices Rising NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
“European consumers’ electricity and gas prices have risen and are still rising,” is a good summary of a recent report, Energy Costs & Prices in Europe, released by the European Commission in Brussels. Moreover, whilst almost al...
Harmonizing electricity TSO regulation: the case of North-West EU NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The study of five EU regulatory regimes for electricity TSOs (Belgium, Germany, Great-Britain, France and the Netherlands) suggests that their designs encompass strong tensions and trade-offs and that they are significantly heterogeneous. However, th...
The costs of nuclear energy in Europe NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Nuclear new build is highly capital intensive and currently not cheap, but it may be anticipated that the capital cost will come down in the future (in particular compared to ongoing new build construction in the EU, depending on return of experience...
Does Europe need a renewables target? – yes, but it should be defined in terms of innovation NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The discussion on whether the EU needs a new renewables target beyond 2020 is gaining traction. The proponents argue that a target for 2030 would give the visibility needed for long-term investments all along the value chain (e.g. into network and st...
European power utilities: under pressure? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The European power sector is challenged by a series of developments. These range from planned changes to the institutional environment and the functioning of the market, to unforeseen external shocks like the decline of demand as a result of the econ...
The French Disconnection: reducing the nuclear share in France’s Energy Mix NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
France has entered into a national debate about its energy transition to meet its long range target to reduce CO2 emissions by 75 per cent by 2050, while maintaining security of supply and the competitiveness of French industry. It is a muddled debat...
Who Gets Big Subsidies? Not Renewables NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Renewables often get blamed for getting big subsidies. As reported in the Dec 2013 issue of this newsletter, Europe’s biggest 10 utilities recently called for an end to all renewable subsidies. Those who dislike subsidies on fiscal or ideologic...
Making the internal electricity market work NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 59 Minutes ago
At first glance, the integration of the internal electricity market seems to be on track. However, when taking a closer look it is clear that without an extra effort, much of the work done over the last decade may be at risk. Twenty years ago the joi...
The Gains And Pain Of Energiewende NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Germans, as everyone knows, are an efficient lot. Once they put their mind to it, they deliver results. For some time, Germany has been on the path of increasing its reliance on renewables – the marching order was further fortified when Chancel...
A Proposal for Reforming an Electricity Market for a Low-Carbon Economy NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The UK is currently reforming its electricity sector. This gives rise to some pertinent questions: Do the reforms go far enough and can more reforms be expected in the near future? The UK is not alone in its attempt to transform its electricity secto...
How Much Should Self-Generators Pay For The Grid? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 11 Months, 4 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
That is among the questions being asked not just in the US but nearly in any country where self-generation, in one form or another, already is or is likely to become cost-effective. It is also a key question in the context of the net energy metering...
Empirics of energy competitiveness NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The loss of competitiveness because of elevated energy costs is concentrated in a limited number of sectors. The cost of subsidising energy-intensive companies might be greater than the benefits. According to our study (see Chapter 6 of the Bruegel b...
French early plant closure and nuclear cutbacks NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Year, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Unlike Germany, France has not decided to phase out nuclear power. But it plans to close the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, in Alsace, ahead of schedule. It has also made a commitment to reduce this technology’s share in its future energy mix.
Germany will dilute – not abandon – its Energiewende plan NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Year, 1 Week, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
In Germany’s election campaign the attention going to the national energy transition plan is bafflingly low. Official Environment ministry reports however suggest that total costs of Energiewende could or might rise to 1000 billion euros by the...