August 15th, 2012

Life Cycle Costing - The basics

Many attractive investment projects – for instance in energy efficiency – are not carried out because companies tend to underestimate their financial viability. Companies find it difficult to come up with a well-informed, satisfactory answer to the essential question: which projects are the most profitable in the long-term? What they need is a practical working method that is straightforward to use and produces reliable investment guidance.  Life Cycle Costing is just such a method.

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August 14th

Cable Conductor Sizing for Minimum Life Cycle Cost

Energy prices are high and expected to rise. All CO2 emissions are being scrutinized by regulators as well as by public opinion. As a result, energy management has become a key factor in almost every business. To get the most out of each kilowatt-hour, appliances must be carefully evaluated for their energy efficiency.

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August 13th

Energy-related renovations of Europe’s building stock must accelerate

The cost of energy consumed during a building’s lifetime can be two-thirds of the construction cost. But across Europe, potential savings from energy-efficiency renovations have been largely ignored. There is little evidence that the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has changed behaviour, according to a recently published report from Ecofys.  If the number of major energy-related renovations to European buildings does not accelerate dramatically, it is clear from the data in the ‘Panorama of the European non-residential construction sector’ report that the European Union’s goal of an almost carbon-neutral building stock by 2050 is not achievable.

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August 8th

Time-Varying and Dynamic Rate Design

This report (from RAP) discusses important issues in the design and deployment of time-varying rates. The term, time-varying rates, is used in this report as encompassing traditional time-of-use rates (such as time-of-day rates and seasonal rates) as well as newer dynamic pricing rates (such as critical peak pricing and real time pricing). The discussion is primarily focused on residential customers and small commercial customers who are collectively referred to as the mass market.

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July 30th

Solar PV: State of the art of a booming market and impact of support schemes

The year 2011 was a record year for the solar photovoltaic industry, with more than 29 GW new capacity installed worldwide, corresponding to a 70% increase compared to 2010. Global PV capacity exceeded 69 GW in 2011, with 70% installed in European countries.

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July 26th

Safety in non-residential installations

Statistics regarding electrical accidents worldwide indicate that thousands of people are injured or killed every year. Electrical professionals working on the installation, maintenance, repair, and construction of electrical facilities are in fact the very people most likely to experience an electrical accident. Of these, electricians are the most vulnerable. Contact with electrical wiring or other electrical equipment is the most common cause of an electrical accident.

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July 25th

Minimizing the cost of renewable energy support

Policies that deliver greater certainty about the future will allow governments to stretch their investments in industry support further. Support policies for renewable energy development should seek to maximize the benefits from a scarce resource – capital, according to a leading industry consultant.

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July 23rd

Kenya’s Renewable Energy Boom

Electricity demand is growing by 14% a year in Kenya, It is expected to grow to more than 16,900 MW in less than 20 years, according to the Kenyan Energy Regulatory Commission. Renewable energy sources are to play a big part in the boom.

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July 20th

First Green Bank wants to turn a profit

The UK government is recruiting staff for the world’s first investment bank dedicated solely to investing in green projects. The Green Investment Bank will work towards a ‘double bottom line’ of significant green impact and financial returns. Meeting the need with the capital available will be a major challenge.

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July 19th

Danish community and wind power feature

In 2020, 50% of Denmark’s electricity will be supplied by wind, balanced by thousands of small-scale bio-energy generators. How can it be managed? Local, community ownership is the future, according to Professor Frede Hvelplund of Aalborg University.

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