India and the energy transition

Mukta Patil from IndiaSpend writes a good article on the Business Standard website about India’s ambitions in its energy transition. You should enjoy this.   India's ambitious new energy policy draft tries to bridge dreams, reality By 2040, India’s electricity demand will rise 4.5 times over 2012 levels. While clean energy (like renewables, nuclear and … Continue reading India and the energy transition

What is happening to America’s climate and energy policies?

With the Trump administration’s budget proposals, we are seeing some dramatic cuts in agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Yes, the EU and the G7 are trying to get Trump to reverse his position on climate change but how that gets resolved is hard to know at this point. … Continue reading What is happening to America’s climate and energy policies?

Reviewing the issues in the upcoming Swiss referendum on energy

We get so involved in EU energy and climate policies that we often miss out on important developments in neighbouring countries. Le News provides a good assessment of the issues in the upcoming public vote in Switzerland to approve the draft energy act.   Some numbers behind the divisive Swiss vote on energy On 21 … Continue reading Reviewing the issues in the upcoming Swiss referendum on energy

New review of Poland’s energy policies

The International Energy Agency has recently published its 2016 review of Poland’s energy policies and programmes. Energy policy is complicated because of the country’s dependence on domestic coal. While Poland has made some progress on improving energy efficiency and installing renewable energy, it is obvious that much more is needed, even if the IEA’s executive … Continue reading New review of Poland’s energy policies

Keeping energy affordable and financing the growth of the energy sector are two critical challenges for India

Rangan Banerjee, is Head, Department of Energy Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay, provides a good article in the EnergyWorld section of India’s Economic Times to first look at what America is now doing under the new administration and then comparing it to the challenges in meeting India’s long-term energy security.   India shouldn't replace … Continue reading Keeping energy affordable and financing the growth of the energy sector are two critical challenges for India

Turkey: IEA publishes in-depth review of energy policies and programmes

Since the in-depth review in 2009, the International Energy Agency believes Turkey has made significant progress in reforming its energy sector. The report states that completing the reforms will allow Turkey to tap into its renewable and energy efficiency potentials. The review is available as a free download here. Meanwhile, it is good to see … Continue reading Turkey: IEA publishes in-depth review of energy policies and programmes

Energy transition in Britain is a bumpy road

We are repeatedly reading about problems in the UK with nuclear plans, with the closing of energy efficiency in buildings programmes, in cutbacks in subsidies for renewables. Ian Johnston writes a good article in The Independent, arguing that repeated changes by the government are driving away investors at the dawn of a new era in … Continue reading Energy transition in Britain is a bumpy road

The energy transition in Britain

It is amazing to read every day about the ups and downs of Britain’s energy policy. There are plans to build 6 nuclear plants by different consortia, using different technologies. Obviously, everyone is reading about the plans for Hinkley Point C and the recent delays to review China’s role. Then we read about how the … Continue reading The energy transition in Britain

Understanding energy policy in Massachusetts

We often get caught up in our own policy tangles, trying to figure out how to effect the changes that will achieve our long-term goals. It is instructive to see how policies develop elsewhere. John Rogers, a senior energy analyst, writes a very informative blog on the Union of Concerned Scientists website. You should enjoy … Continue reading Understanding energy policy in Massachusetts