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October 2020

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Decarbonising heat: There are better options than hydrogen

Energy efficiency, heat pumps, smart electrification, district heating and renewable resources can deliver real carbon savings. All of these solutions are available today. By focusing Europe’s heat policy on these proven technologies, we can bring benefits to consumers and the energy system as a whole. The use of hydrogen for heating, in contrast, is complicated and vastly more expensive. Dr. Jan Rosenow breaks down this thorny topic.

   
   

INTEGRATING RENEWABLES

The future of offshore wind in Europe

There’s a strong breeze brewing in Europe, and it’s offshore wind. The European Commission’s scenario envisions that this renewable resource must grow to meet 25% of electricity demand by 2050 — a 20-fold increase over today’s levels. RAP explores how to develop the necessary onshore and offshore grid connections and identifies the electricity market design reform these changes would necessitate. Learn more about how to accelerate this critical transition to more renewables.

   
   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Efficiency First must tackle implementation issues to be effective

As policymakers advance the energy transition in Europe, consumers want what they have always wanted: warmth, light and mobility at affordable prices. Only now these services must be carbon free if we are to achieve net zero by 2050. Efficiency First can help make this happen. As the backbone of the European Commission’s sector integration strategy, this principle can align policy design decisions with broader goals. Zsuzsanna Pató and Dr. Jan Rosenow explain how.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

JOBS

We are hiring!

RAP is looking for a senior associate with at least ten years of relevant energy sector experience. Are you an expert on power sector policy and regulation who is interested in engaging actively with decision-makers and stakeholders? We could be looking for you!

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GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Reclaiming consumer-centric resource adequacy

Michael Hogan and David Littell raise the fundamental question of how to support the financial viability of resources needed to provide a reliable supply of electricity in a rapidly evolving power system. Their answer, based on a recent federal order in the United States, draws important parallels for European policymakers.

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RAP IN THE MEDIA

“It’s absolutely essential that we have more legally-binding regulatory measures.” — Louise Sunderland on minimum energy performance standards in Europe.

   
 


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