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Saving electricity has a cost

Reports & books

How much does saving a kWh cost a customer who supports energy efficiency initiatives, such as financial incentives, technical assistance, education and energy audits? This thorny question is answered in great detail in “The Cost of Saving Electricity Through Energy Efficiency Programs Funded by Utility Customers 2009-2015,” from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California. Nearly every US state offers energy efficiency programmes. LBNL provides crucial metrics for assessing when not consuming a kWh can reduce overall cost.

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The energy transition index

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The readiness of 114 countries to transition away from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy is tracked by the World Economic Forum in its “Fostering Effective Energy Transition,” with number crunching by McKinsey. The report is packed with hard facts on different approaches and levels of success. WEF sees the index as a tool to “identify imperatives and align policy and market enablers,” and create energy transition roadmaps. No country can do it alone, says WEF.

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Investor guide to fossil fuel risk

Reports & books

Fund managers have a pressing fiduciary duty to re-examine their holdings in a sector that is “freighted with risk” says the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in “The Financial Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment.” The report systematically details the cumulative risks undermining the fossil fuel sector and meticulously rebuts arguments against divestment, calling them “dangerous” and “a breach of fiduciary standards”. The fossil fuel industry is not too big to fail, says the IEEFA.

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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

Latest articles

The skills we need for tomorrow’s wind industry

Wind energy has gone mainstream, but the industry needs to prove it remains an exciting and innovative place to work to attract the top brains necessary to deal with the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition, says Malgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO of WindEurope

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Make the North Sea the Silicon Valley of offshore wind power

Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish energy minister, explains his plans to boost offshore wind expansion in the North Sea through greater cooperation

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Tübingen, Germany is introducing legislation to force change and give rooftop solar an extra nudge

Tübingen gives rooftop solar an extra nudge

Despite the massive amount of solar power output in Europe this summer and the technology’s falling prices, building owners are still reluctant to put panels on their roofs. Tübingen, Germany is introducing legislation to force change

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Clean energy economy on the way, but serious challenges remain

The energy transition is advancing quickly and peak fossil fuel demand is on the horizon, says a report from Norway-based energy consulting and services firm DNV GL. But it is also warns of the immensity of the task ahead

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A Nordic broker has launched a new product aiming to ensure that renewable energy certificates known as Guarantees of Origin actually lead to additional clean power

A way for companies to buy green electricity that really makes a difference

A Nordic broker has launched a new product aiming to ensure that renewable energy certificates known as Guarantees of Origin actually lead to additional clean power

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Policy makers need to keep a close eye on market mechanisms to ensure the renewables industry can achieve sustainable growth, says Sven Utermoehlen, Chief Operating Officer of E.ON Climate & Renewables

Low prices for renewables are great news, but mean new challenges for industry and policy makers

Policy makers need to keep a close eye on market mechanisms to ensure the renewables industry can achieve sustainable growth, says Sven Utermoehlen, Chief Operating Officer of E.ON Climate & Renewables

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Accelerating the energy transition will be good news for jobs, the economy and climate, says a major report published in September 2018

A faster energy transition will bring greater economic benefits

Accelerating the energy transition will be good news for jobs, the economy and climate, says a major report published in September 2018

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Heavy industries are slowly starting to wake up to the reality of the energy transition, but full decarbonisation of the steel, cement and petrochemicals sectors is a significant challenge that will require new processes and significant amounts of clean energy

The heavy industry challenge

Heavy industries are slowly starting to wake up to the reality of the energy transition, but full decarbonisation of the steel, cement and petrochemicals sectors is a significant challenge that will require new processes and significant amounts of clean energy

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Science

Wind industry faces up to the inevitable

Blades are posing the biggest waste challenge as increasing numbers of wind turbines reach the end of their useful life

Spain needs to urgently build a path to a just transition

Denmark grapples with voracious energy appetite of big data centres

Policy action needed to decarbonise residential heating by 2050

A challenging marriage

A local transport solution

Get flexible with smart meters

Funding small-scale clean energy in Cambodia

The challenge of decarbonising Europe

Summer reading 2018

A fair and just energy transition

Sticks and carrots