September 15th, 2014

Status and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014

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 12th

How to regulate the energy efficiency of systems?

We are well capable of regulating the energy efficiency of products such as refrigerators, motors, boilers and so on. But all these products are used in systems. And it’s in the system that the major energy saving benefits can be achieved. For example, we can make lights more efficient but we can also use lighting systems to ensure that light is only produced when and where it is needed.

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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

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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August 26th

Role of Building Automation related to Renewable Energy in nZEB’s

Building automation has a key role to play in the implementation of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). Building automation is the connector of all the single requirements for nZEB, such as a well-insulated and airtight building shell, efficient HVAC system and a high share of renewable energy. That is the main conclusion of this study, prepared by Ecofys for the Leonardo ENERGY initiative.

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