Explaining why South Africa’s state owned energy utility should be generating more from renewables

The low-carbon energy transition is not simple. South Africa’s state-owned energy company, Eskom, has largely encouraged the development of coal and nuclear power. Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics at the University of Johannesburg, provides good arguments why Eskom should be moving more in the direction of renewables in an article on The Conversation website.   … Continue reading Explaining why South Africa’s state owned energy utility should be generating more from renewables

Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company

Governments are taking different actions to address fuel poverty. A new state-owned energy company could help boost the Scottish economy and alleviate fuel poverty, new analysis shows. An article written by the Energy Reporter on the Energy Voice website explains.   Scottish state-owned energy company benefits set out in new report A report drawn up … Continue reading Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company

Utilities should pursue “beneficial” electrification as well as promote energy efficiency

There is no doubt that electricity companies are part of the solution in our energy transition but their role is still in flux. Max Baumhefner writes a good article on the Natural Resources Defense Council website about ensuring energy efficiency and electrification policies are complementary, not in conflict.   Are Efficiency and Electrification Policies in … Continue reading Utilities should pursue “beneficial” electrification as well as promote energy efficiency

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: Spring thoughts on local energy aggregation: Similarities between the Italian Hera Group and the Community Choice Energy programs in California

In the past three articles, I analyzed several aspects of the Hera Group, its strong dedication to sustainable development, and how the company is advancing energy efficiency in industry. There is one more thing I would like to mention and in particular Hera’s organizational structure and some common features with the Community Choice Energy (CCE) … Continue reading Blog from Silvia Zinetti: Spring thoughts on local energy aggregation: Similarities between the Italian Hera Group and the Community Choice Energy programs in California

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The Hera Group experience with green bonds: energy efficiency is the top financed category

Green Bonds have been around for a decade. The World Bank first issued them in 2008 for an equivalent amount of USD 10 million, but starting to take off in 2013 and growing since. In 2017 an equivalent amount of USD 157 billion were issued worldwide.[i] What types of project are mostly financed with Green … Continue reading Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The Hera Group experience with green bonds: energy efficiency is the top financed category

The energy transition in the Philippines

The energy transition is gaining momentum and it is encouraging to see some of the positive developments in other countries. Federico R. Lopez, First Philippine Holdings chair and CEO, writes a good article on the Philippine Daily Inquirer website about the impact of renewable energy on the grid. It is an excerpt from Lopez’s speech … Continue reading The energy transition in the Philippines

Energy utilities feeling impact of flat electricity demand

It does not seem that we know enough about the dynamics of energy demand. A good friend of EiD, Andrew Warren, has often written about the drop in energy consumption in the UK that few were willing to acknowledge. Please recall one of those posts from Andrew. David Roberts writes on the Vox website about … Continue reading Energy utilities feeling impact of flat electricity demand

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: Delivering Energy Efficiency in Industry: How the Hera Group turned an obligation into an innovative and successful business strategy

In my last article, I introduced the Hera Group, an Italian multi-utility owned for the majority by local municipalities, and portrayed its unique approach to global sustainable development. Today the focus is on Hera’s leading role in delivering energy efficiency in industry. Hera committed to energy efficiency more than ten years ago, and from what … Continue reading Blog from Silvia Zinetti: Delivering Energy Efficiency in Industry: How the Hera Group turned an obligation into an innovative and successful business strategy

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The HERA Group, from local utility to global sustainable development. A unique approach that could change the way utilities do business around the world

Today I want to bring to the attention of the reader The Hera Group (Gruppo Hera), an Italian multi-utility that with its unique business strategy respects the environment while creating shared value to its customers. The company brings innovation on all fronts, from Circular Economy, Utility 4.0, Smart City, to Customer Experience. Let’s start from … Continue reading Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The HERA Group, from local utility to global sustainable development. A unique approach that could change the way utilities do business around the world

The lessons from utilities’ energy efficiency programmes for spending carbon pricing revenues effectively

Brendan Haley, a Banting post-doctoral fellow at Canada’s Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies answers an important question in an article on Policy Options website: What are the lessons from utilities’ energy efficiency programs for spending carbon pricing revenues and building low-carbon transition organizations? Do you agree with those lessons?   Using carbon … Continue reading The lessons from utilities’ energy efficiency programmes for spending carbon pricing revenues effectively