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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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Gender equality for a quicker energy transition

“Reducing gender inequality makes economic sense apart from being the right thing to do,” concludes a World Bank report from May 2018. Christine Lins, former Executive Secretary of REN21, a global renewable energy policy network, explains why and how she and other sustainable energy leaders are helping empower women to play a bigger role in the transition to a clean energy economy

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Why climate strategies make business sense

Clear and ambitious climate and energy plans are essential to reduce emissions and provide certainty for business, says Imke Lübbeke, Head of Climate and Energy at the WWF’s European Policy Office

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A green investment boost or risk of a bubble?

Discussions sparked by plans for banks in the EU to hold less capital against green lending have advanced thinking about how monetary authorities and regulators can support green investment, even if the plans themselves have received a mixed reception

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The rapid uptake of electric vehicles in California brings with it an increase in electricity storage capacity that perhaps calls into question the need to invest separately in batteries to support the bulk supply of electricity

Battery bravado

The rapid uptake of electric vehicles in California brings with it an increase in electricity storage capacity that perhaps calls into question the need to invest separately in batteries to support the bulk supply of electricity

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Building solar and wind projects without subsidies is seen by many as the solution to the energy transition. But falling costs can create their own problems, especially without the right regulation and continuing financial support for fossil fuels

Why saying goodbye to subsidies is hard to do

Building solar and wind projects without subsidies is seen by many as the solution to the energy transition. But falling costs can create their own problems, especially without the right regulation and continuing financial support for fossil fuels

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Making energy savings more sustainable

Energy efficiency is vitally important, but policy makers and industry leaders could do more harm than good if they do not ensure that energy savings support wider environmental and sustainability goals, argue Luis Gabriel Carmona and Kai Whiting, researchers at the University of Lisbon, Portugal

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Australia, New Zealand explore low-carbon solutions

Australia, New Zealand explore low-carbon solutions

Two antipodean countries, two different approaches to the low-carbon transition. While New Zealand is starting to lead from the top-down, Australia still lacks clear national policies with a patchwork of approaches to decarbonisation remaining the order of the day

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Financing clean energy via fossil fuel subsidy reform

Financing clean energy via fossil fuel subsidy reform

Peter Wooders, group director for energy at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), explains why he is convinced that subsidy swaps are the best way to finance the clean energy transition

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Sustainable solar

Research showing that solar panels contain heavy metals is not telling us anything new. Instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted by scare stories, we should focus on the importance of solar in fighting climate change and the industry’s considerable efforts to be sustainable, argues James Watson, chief executive officer at SolarPower Europe

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