September 15th, 2014

A new classification of barriers to energy efficiency

What are the barriers and drivers for energy efficiency? Under what circumstances do they arise? How important are they in different contexts? How do the different actors intervene to overcome these barriers? These are just some of the issues discussed in “Barriers and drivers to energy efficiency – A new taxonomical approach” by B. Sudhakara Reddy of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai.

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New generation of copper conductors for overhead lines

Author: 
Gustau Castellana
Post date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:41

Transmission network operators are facing substantial and even contradictory challenges. A highly variable renewable energy supply and an increased focus on energy efficiency require a reinforcement of the grid, but the resistance against the construction of new lines has never been so high. The new generation of copper alloy conductors can be part of the solution.

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Status and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014

Author: 
Alyssa Gilbert
Post date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:09

The webinar will outline key developments on carbon pricing based on the 2014 report “State and Trends of Carbon Pricing”. The report gives insights to existing and emerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world. Those initiatives cover instruments that put an explicit price on greenhouse gas emissions, such as emissions trading schemes, offset mechanisms, carbon taxes and results-based financing. This report goes a step further than 2013 version also prepared by Ecofys, with better coverage of carbon taxes, and a good look at prices.

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September 10th

September 9th

Position of Demand Response (DR) programs in the market

This short briefing note will give an introduction to Demand Response (DR) and its position in the electricity market. We will

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7 key analystic elements for the evaluation of DSM policies

This Briefing Note describes seven key analytic elements that should be addressed in the evaluation of Demand Site Management (DSM) and Energy Efficiency (EE) policy measures:

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September 8th

What role can planners play in energy production?

This is a key question asked by Nikhil Kaza and Marie Patane Curtis in their recent paper entitled “The Land Use Energy Connection.”

It’s a valid – and highly relevant – question to ask, because most planners focus on energy consumption, not production. They strive towards compact housing and urban patterns that decrease household and transportation energy use, to reduce import dependency and climate change.

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Impact of user behaviour and intelligent control on the energy performance of residential buildings

A policy case for energy saving technologies and intelligent controls in dwellings

User behaviour has a significant impact on the overall energy consumption of residential buildings. This includes specific technology choices of users during construction/purchasing phase of a dwelling as well as the behaviour of the residents.

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September 1st

Upsizing power cables could lead to significant energy savings

Estimated annual electricity savings of cable upsizing could total 20 TWh/year, yet market research indicates that the industry still views initial cost as an obstacle

The European Copper Institute has estimated the benefits of applying an economic cable sizing strategy on an EU scale to industry and tertiary sectors and has come up with an electricity saving potential of 20 TWh/year.

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August 28th

Impact evaluation of Energy Efficiency and DSM programmes

Author: 
Harry Vreuls
Post date: 
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:31

The presentation starts combing the well known input-output-impact chain within a preferred evaluation framework dealing with the  evaluation questions:

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