There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

EiD was pleased to read the letter signed by investors/scientists and sent to Dr. Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Prior to this letter, in 2018 EiD published a post which compares the energy demand in the 2018 Efficient World Scenario included in the IEA’s flagship energy efficiency publication entitled … Continue reading There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

Improving modelling in the renewable energy sector

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has begun an effort to improve its ability to model deployments of variable renewable energy sources across the U.S. power grid. This effort has begot two papers as of yet – one a broad analysis of how four specific models work and how to improve them, and the second … Continue reading Improving modelling in the renewable energy sector

Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

One week after the publication of the IPCC report on the 1.5°C target, the International Energy Agency released its flagship energy efficiency publication entitled “Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis and Outlook to 2040”. In the foreword of the publication, Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol claims, rightly, that “this year’s report is the most comprehensive analysis … Continue reading Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

Upcoming IPCC report not won’t be including assessment in changes in America’s policies

The upcoming IPCC report is expected to be released Oct. 8th. Carl Meyer explains in an article on Canada’s National Observer website some of the background leading to the report’s publication.   Climate scientists won't be assessing Trump effect just yet A major upcoming international climate report won’t be assessing how the White House’s actions … Continue reading Upcoming IPCC report not won’t be including assessment in changes in America’s policies

“Real world challenges” need to be integrated into our renewable energy modelling

Modelling our energy transition is important to guide our policy directions. Last year, for energy efficiency, OpenEXP questioned whether the Commission’s assessments (including its modelling) assigned the right role to energy efficiency in its clean energy package. Liam Stoker writes on the Clean Energy News website about some of the flaws in renewable energy models, … Continue reading “Real world challenges” need to be integrated into our renewable energy modelling

UK has sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe

Fuel poverty is gaining more attention and research is definitely needed to better understand how it can be effectively addressed. Ben Chapman writes on The Independent website about a new report by National Energy Action and climate-change charity E3G. Not in the report is a good quote by one of the authors, Pedro Guertler, a … Continue reading UK has sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe

Learning from evaluations of energy efficiency programmes

We don’t get enough reviews of evaluations to better understand what lessons are learned and what other benefits the programmes bring besides saving energy. Lara Ettenson provides a good article on the Natural Resources Defense Council website. What do you think?   What We Can Learn from Energy-Saving Program Critiques Energy efficiency can be used … Continue reading Learning from evaluations of energy efficiency programmes

Reviewing ‘publication bias’ in scientific studies related to climate change

The scientific community has been under the microscope as there are claims and counter-claims about the quality of the research related to climate change. Importantly, Johan Hollander, Associate Professor of Biology at Lund University in Sweden writes on The Conversation website about research they have undertaken to assess publication bias. This is an important article … Continue reading Reviewing ‘publication bias’ in scientific studies related to climate change

Benefits of improved energy efficiency

It is always good to see how other analysts assess the impact of energy efficiency. Sheryl Carter and David B. Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote a good blog on its website as part of a series of blogs on NRDC’s new report, “America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate … Continue reading Benefits of improved energy efficiency

The challenges in Canada decoupling GHG emissions and the economy by 2030

Canada is a very energy-intensive economy for many reasons including its size, climate and structure of its economy. Larry Hughes and Ayesha Herian from Dalhousie University write on The Policy Options website about the challenges the country has in decoupling GHG emissions and its economic growth.   The correlation between GDP and greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading The challenges in Canada decoupling GHG emissions and the economy by 2030