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January 2019

ENERGY UNION

EU at risk of missing 2020 energy efficiency targets: Lessons for 2030

Despite targets to reduce energy use across the European Union, consumption has been rising. Samuel Thomas analyses the implications of economic growth, weather, and other factors for the 2020 and 2030 energy efficiency targets. He highlights the need for fundamental changes in Europe’s energy efficiency ambition, marked improvement in building efficiency, and strategic investment of carbon revenues in efficiency measures.

   
   

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Launching electric transport with the grid we already have

Europe hit an important milestone in electric transport in 2018, when the sales figures for electric vehicles sailed past the 1 million mark. The growing number of EVs on the road presents valuable and innovative opportunities for the power sector. Authors Michael Hogan, Christos Kolokathis, and Andreas Jahn share three key recommendations for accommodating EVs with the existing grid in one of RAP’s most popular publications of 2018.

   
   

REGULATION

Default service for electricity and gas in Germany

Although German consumers may choose their electricity and gas supplier, many still rely on the default service. This can be expensive, particularly for vulnerable customers whose credit rating prevents them from switching providers. Andreas Jahn and Julius Ecke recommend implementing a tender process to require competitive bidding for the default service. A well-structured process can reduce costs for customers, mitigate energy poverty, and address energy transition goals such as efficiency. (Report in German)

   
FURTHER NOTES

WEBINAR

Demand response in US markets: Lessons for a low-carbon transformation

The transition to a low-carbon power sector is also transforming the role of demand response. In a webinar for Leonardo ENERGY, Michael Hogan explores four factors influencing the success of this customer-side resource. He provides best practices based on analysis of U.S. markets.

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GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Timing is everything: How smart rate design helps make electrification beneficial

Smart rate design can help utilities and grid operators shape the load created by electrifying increasing numbers of end uses. Examples from California show how electricity prices can send the signals necessary to encourage flexible consumer behaviour, creating benefits for the grid and society as a whole.

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RAP IN THE MEDIA

Capacity markets could just fade off into irrelevance.

    ~ Michael Hogan, Incapacitated Markets, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy

   
   
   
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