Markets

Identifying barriers to the energy transition
 and how to dismantle them

6-7 min.
Biomethane, a type of renewable natural gas, is gaining ground as a way of converting organic waste into low carbon fuel for use in vehicles.30/July/2018

A local transport solution

Biomethane is gaining in profile as a clean solution to powering fleets of cars at a local level as well as a practical response to the need to better manage organic waste from food and farm production and to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles
6-7 min.
13/June/2018

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
12-13 min.
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 fuels08/June/2018

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
5-6 min.
The advantages for big companies of buying their electricity directly from wind and solar generators at a fixed long-term price is bringing what could become a major new flow of capital into the renewable energy market, but outdated legislation remains a barrier02/May/2018

Barriers brake power of big business to drive renewables

The advantages for big companies of buying their electricity directly from wind and solar generators at a fixed long-term price is bringing what could become a major new flow of capital into the renewable energy market, but outdated legislation remains a barrier
9-10 min.
The ups and downs in demand for electricity have long made the flexible operation of power systems a must, so increasing that flexibility to also accommodate variations in supply from renewables is not that big a challenge. Having a clear definition of the term can only help the energy transition27/April/2018

Flexibility and the energy transition

The ups and downs in demand for electricity have long made the flexible operation of power systems a must, so increasing that flexibility to also accommodate variations in supply from renewables is not that big a challenge. Having a clear definition of the term can only help the energy transition
11-12 min.
20/April/2018

Gas in transition

Cleaning up gas is key to its future in a decarbonised energy mix
7-8 min.
13/April/2018

Boards feel the heat from investors on climate risk

Mitigation of climate risk is moving to the top of the agenda for senior management and company boards
10-11 min.
Ships emit vast volumes of black carbon from their smokestacks, a much more powerful carbon forcer than carbon dioxide13/March/2018

The tide is turning

If the global marine transportation sector were a country, it would be ranked sixth in terms of CO2 emissions. A number of progressive leaders in the industry are starting to explore alternative ways to propel their ships, but more investment is needed.
10-11 min.
energy efficient buildings12/March/2018

Creating a marketplace for energy efficiency in Europe

How the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency are often overlooked, yet vital if investments for energy savings are to increase substantially
6-7 min.
14/November/2017

The not so essential role of electricity storage

Special report - Electricity Storage part 1/5: Belief about the need for electricity storage is no substitute for hard evidence. Countries furthest ahead with transitioning to renewable energy are doing so without incurring the cost of storage. As a foundation for decision making, belief is a dangerous quicksand. Investors beware.
6-7 min.
14/November/2017

What storage is for and what it cannot do

Special report - Electricity Storage part 2/5: Filling in for wind and solar over days of calm and cloudy weather is not a task storage can perform, even if it was a power system requirement
8-9 min.
14/November/2017

Storage has to multi-task to earn its keep

Special report - Electricity Storage part 3/5: By relieving grid bottlenecks of surplus supply and providing bursts of power when needed, storage can add sufficient value to find routes to profitability, but they are limited
7-8 min
14/November/2017

No sign of a silver storage bullet

Special report - Electricity Storage part 4/5: No means of affordably storing large volumes of electricity in all geographies exists, but a robust grid, connected over a wide area, can deliver green energy reliability
6-7 min.
14/November/2017

Grid scale storage not essential but nice to have

Special report - Electricity Storage part 5/5: The uptake of renewable energy does not increase the need for storage capacity, but stored power can help grid operators flexibly operate power systems, provided it can pay its way
2-3 min.
14/November/2017

Key takeaways at a glance

Essential knowledge and key indicators of the prospects for grid scale electricity storage technologies
1-2 min.
14/November/2017

The grid is a giant battery

Grid operators need incentives to use the grid as a large scale battery
7-8 min.
14/November/2017

No compromise on security of supply

In green and flexible power systems, services like rapid cures for hiccups in grid frequency can be valuable
7-8 min.
07/July/2017

Spending pennies to save pounds

Theme on Energy Efficiency part 1/5: The payback period for energy saving investments can be painfully long and the risk of no payback frighteningly big. There are ways to tear down both barriers
6-7 min.
07/July/2017

Scandinavia shows the way for clean transport

Theme on Energy Efficiency part 2/5: Norway has the world's highest proportion of EV owners and Denmark is electrifying ship propulsion. It is time to change the way electricity is billed for
6-7 min.
07/July/2017

In the hands of engineers

Theme on Energy Efficiency part 3/5: Better engineering everywhere can cut industrial energy use in all applications
4-5 min.
07/July/2017

A path to growth and welfare

Theme on Energy Efficiency part 4/5: Companies are not investing enough in energy efficiency in order to reap its benefits. This is the economic oddity of energy efficiency, says Brian Motherway, head of energy efficiency at International Energy Agency
2-3 min.
07/July/2017

Make the real cost of energy visible

Theme on Energy Efficiency part 5/5: What it takes is the right information and the right prices
31-32 min.
17/March/2017

In search of a cure for cannibalisation

Special report part 1/3: As the wind blows, the sun shines, and green generation rises, demand is saturated. Market prices fall, but renewables are caught cannibilasing their own investment case
17/March/2017

Electrification of heat and transport

Special report part 2/3: The bigger the pool of energy demand, the less the ripples in supply from renewable energy are felt
8-9 min.
17/March/2017

Electricity markets need fixing

Special report part 3/3: IEA boss Fatih Birol discusses the need and the tools for bettering the business case for renewable energy
7-8 min.
11/October/2016

Waste into wealth

In the circular economy, the Danish town of Kalundborg is the archetype example of industrial symbiosis
3-4 min.
11/October/2016

Welcome to resource city

A long disused industrial site is reborn as a highly advanced waste sorting and recycling centre
9-10 min.
11/July/2016

Powerfully balanced

How to integrate renewables into an energy system while keeping lights on
6-7 min.
01/July/2016

Price signals spur flexibility

Flexibility in supply and demand comes with a price tag but the right incentives get the job done