If presented with a choice of staying with a fixed tariff or moving to a dynamic tariff, will consumers maintain the status quo, or opt for change?
The deployment of smart electricity meters – devices that can read and relay consumption at discrete time intervals – is progressing quickly. Italy has completed its transition. By 2020 France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, the UK and Spain are projected to reach almost 100% deployment.
According to a study published in 2015 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the cost of fossil fuels is much higher than previously thought. Global energy subsidies are an estimated $5.3 trillion per year.
An energy subsidy can be defined as any government action that lowers the cost of energy production, raises the price received by energy producers, or lowers the price paid by energy consumers. Many activities fall under this simple definition.
Ground source heat pumps have been identified as highly efficient solutions for building space conditioning and for integration in smart grids
The buildings sector represents about 40% of the final energy consumption and 36% of total Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions in the European Union.
A recent paper suggests that traditional methods of energy planning may be inappropriate for conflict zones, and that decentralised grids make more sense
Over two billion people in the developing world live in countries described as fragile or conflict-prone. Examples abound, but we could mention Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan as among the worst affected.
China’s favorable land price policy has had a significantly positive influence on the acceleration of the PV industry in China. But it does have its disadvantages.
China’s rapid economic development in recent decades has come at a price. Since 2007, China has been the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world. In 2013, China emitted 10.3 billion tonnes of CO2, which accounted for 29% of total global CO2 emissions.