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What’s so Great about Fixed Charges? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 6 Days, 16 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges,instead collecting all of their revenue from h...
A new Energy Policy for the new European Commission? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
No EU policy can be perfect – it will inevitably be a compromise between a good cause and a due cause. However, we are now at a critical turning point, as several pillars of former Barroso’s EU energy policy have already collapsed, prompt...
Power Struggles: The Intra-Community Implications of EU Energy Policy NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
EU policies to integrate energy markets, promote renewable energy, and diversify supply are aiming at a competitive and sustainable European power sector. The resulting dynamics should largely affect the systems of electricity generation, transportat...
Nord Stream and German-Russian energy relations during the Ukraine crisis NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Eight years ago, shortly after German and Russian leaders agreed on the construction of Nord Stream, then Polish defence minister Radoslaw Sikorski called it “the Molotov-Ribbentrop pipeline”. Sikorski compared the project to the 1939 pac...
Coordination Mechanisms for Accommodating Increasing Amounts of Wind and Solar in the Power Market NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
European power markets are being confronted with an unprecedented transition process toward a low-carbon power system. The speed and complexity of this shift are raising serious challenges and operational difficulties. The successful increase in the...
Energy Justice NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
In essence, effective and efficient energy law and policy will balance energy economics, energy security and climate change mitigation to deliver the best outcome to society. However, if one examines energy law and policy in more detail often it is j...
Seamless power markets NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
In order to better integrate their electricity markets, regions must first have confidence that when push comes to shove during times of capacity scarcity, their neighbours will continue work with them, and not against them. That means paying more at...
Remember back when everybody hated electricity deregulation? NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
A brief post concerning electricity restructuring that looks back over the last 20 years. Around that time I started giving a talk titled “If electricity restructuring is so great, why does everybody hate it?” Back then, several states li...
The main challenges to achieve an integrated European smart-grid NEW
EU Energy Policy Blog 3 Months, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 56 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 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 48 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 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 36 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 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 56 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 7 Months, 1 Week, 17 Hours, 25 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 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 18 Hours, 35 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 10 Months, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 59 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 10 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 10 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 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 57 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 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 9 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 11 Months, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 55 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...