Policy, Sam Morgan

A new way to count greenhouse gas emissions

Regulators normally only keep tabs on the climate-bashing emissions produced within a country’s territory—discounting or even completely ignoring the carbon emitted during the manufacturing and shipping of imported goods. Sweden is bucking that trend with an ambitious new policy

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Eastern Europe and the energy transition

Soaring energy prices call for more energy efficiency

Behind the hydrogen hype

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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

Technology can empower consumers at a time of high energy prices

Energy prices across Europe remain high and volatile with no signs of slowing down. But placing the power to change in consumers’ hands could help alleviate the pressure, says Johan Söderbom from EIT InnoEnergy

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The $100 billion climate finance question

Finance for development initiatives in emerging markets is intrinsically tied to climate change—from new roads and energy infrastructure to transportation and new buildings. Yet despite the billions of dollars in overseas development assistance funding, the promised $100 billion of new and additional climate finance by 2020 has failed to materialise

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A systems approach to the energy transition

This week, DNV’s CEO of Energy Systems Ditlev Engel joins Watt Matters to talk about energy systems thinking and why a holistic approach is needed to make the energy transition happen

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Carbon capture technology pursues a slice of Europe’s climate policy pie

Carbon-capture technology’s role in the energy transition is still poorly defined. However, calls for a unified strategy to spur developments and investment in Europe are increasing

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From efficiency to sufficiency

This week, Yamina Saheb, lead author for the IPCC, joins the team to discuss whether a shift in mindset can help accelerate the energy transition

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Denmark sets plans to make businesses pay for their carbon emissions

A uniform carbon tax across most of Denmark’s economy has broad political support, but clarifying the finer points of the package will decide whether it is accepted by the wider business community

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US nationwide EV charging network plan leaves unanswered questions

President Joe Biden’s plan to increase the level of electric vehicles (EVs) in car-mad United States is laudable, but has underestimated several of the perceived barriers to uptake, undermining its aim already

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Buildings Renovation: a European energy hero

The European Union wants to reduce reliance on Russian energy imports. For this to work, a pan-EU Taskforce with the sole purpose of improving energy efficiency in buildings must be established, says Adrian Joyce of Renovate Europe 

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Finance

Sovereign wealth funds wade into the energy transition

Significant investment power is held within a few state-owned reserves but these conservative sovereign funds are only just beginning to notice the potential returns of clean energy after decades of profiting from fossil fuels

Eastern Europe and the energy transition

Soaring energy prices call for more energy efficiency

From laggard to leader: How Poland became Europe’s fastest-growing heat pump market

Clarity is the key to confidence in voluntary carbon markets

Behind the hydrogen hype

It is time to make energy efficiency a national security issue

Lack of climate leadership forces Australian states to set their own path

In from the cold

Companies face growing employee climate activism

The questions facing low-carbon heating

Pretty in pink: Low-carbon hydrogen from nuclear power

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Two-thirds of gas imports can be replaced by 2025

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Europe can cut Russian gas imports by 66% by delivering the EU’s Fit for 55 package and speeding up the deployment of renewable electricity generation, energy efficiency and electrification. To achieve this lawmakers must increase clean energy ambitions, provide clarity on financial resources, prioritise energy efficiency and remove any incentives that extend gas consumption.

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Europe can regain its energy sovereignty by 2027

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The EU must pull out all the stops in renewables deployment and manufacturing in Europe for it to regain energy sovereignty following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To support this, it must mandate solar rooftops, solar on the built environment and maximise PV self-consumption. Greater power system flexibility should be provided and set a smart balance between direct electrification and green hydrogen production.

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Texas can retire most of its coal now

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Texas could replace almost all of its coal output with wind and solar already in the interconnection queue. Installing 72 of the 108 wind projects in the queue and 42 of the 262 solar projects would replace most of the coal generation on the state’s ERCOT grid. This high level of displacement is the result of the complementary timing of solar and wind generation. A dependable power supply from these assets still depends on sufficient transmission, other resources operating reliably and flexibly, and all resources being weatherised.

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