May 29th, 2014
The Photovoltaic Grid Parity Monitor analyses PV competitiveness with retail and wholesale energy markets for residential segment (PV systems of 3kW), commercial (PV systems of 30 kW) and Utility Scale segment (PV systems of 50 MW). It assesses local regulation of twenty four cities in fifteen countries (Australia, Brazil, California, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Texas, Turkey, and UK).Read full article
The Evolving Role of the Power Sector Regulator seeks to briefly characterize the evolving role of the power sector regulator. It describes seven existing objectives of power sector regulators and nine emerging objectives, highlighting key challenges and outlining interdependencies. As the preliminary installment in a series, it aims to lay the groundwork for subsequent reports and case studies that will explore these topics in depth.
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The 2013 IEA PVPS Annual Report has been published. It shows the speed at which the PV sector has evolved and how the country involvement in this PV program has progressed.
In 2014, Thailand already joined the PVPS program and more countries are discussing their possible participation: this shows the rapid evolution of mentalities with regard to PV, and reflects what currently happens globally.Read full article
Energy related discussions and policy making, such as defining energy saving targets or energy efficiency measures, are often based on primary energy values. These values express the energy consumption of a country, the energy demand of a system, service or product in primary energy units. International and national energy statistics, energy scenarios or environmental assessments are defining and publishing these values.Read full article
This paper is the first part of a two paper series commissioned by the European Copper Institute. It addresses the different primary energy definitions, accounting methods, and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat generation from renewable energy. In addition to renewable energy sources, primary energy factors for electricity from waste, nuclear, and imported electricity are also discussed as these can be calculated in different ways.Read full article
The 21st century has seen the rise of the two largest emerging economies: China and India. In fact, China’s economy is now the world’s largest. As these countries’ industries expand and their citizens enjoy higher standards of living, their demand for energy will increase. The economic emergence of other nations and their need for energy should also be expected, especially in Africa and Asia. Accommodating the world’s growing need for energy will be challenging and require Read full article
It is widely recognised that increasing flexibility is key for the reliable operation of future power systems with very high penetration levels of variable renewable energy sources (VRES). The starting point of this report is the understanding of the flexibility requirements for enabling the transition to such power systems.Read full article