“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

Reviewing energy performance in Europe

Michael MacDonald from the Energy Performance Measurement Institute in the United States and a friend of EiD provides an important post reviewing the progress made in Europe since 2005. You should find this useful.   Basic European Energy Performance, 2005–2015 The European Union (EU) has several energy performance goals, and they have changed some over … Continue reading Reviewing energy performance in Europe

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

It is encouraging to see that the Consumer Federation of America has reported to the Department of Energy of the benefits that consumers are enjoying from important federal minimum energy performance standards. This is their article on YubaNet.com from Nevada County, California. Are comparable calculations available for Europe?   New Analysis Shows Energy Efficiency Standards … Continue reading Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

Analysis based on “pure fantasy” to compare coal and renewable energy costs

Australia, a major resource producer, has been struggling to determine its future path in a sustainable energy future. Giles Parkinson writes on the reneweconomy website that the battle continues over the estimated future costs between coal and renewable energy. No doubt we have not heard the end of this. No one said the transition would … Continue reading Analysis based on “pure fantasy” to compare coal and renewable energy costs

Why we can accept much more ambition in the EU energy saving strategy

Having introduced the report in a post last week, EiD is pleased to see a recent article by the report’s author, Yamina Saheb, on the EurActiv website. Yamina shows that there will be no negative impact on EU competitiveness. Importantly, this conclusion is buried within the European Commission’s own modelling results. For those with any … Continue reading Why we can accept much more ambition in the EU energy saving strategy