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March 2021

RELIABILITY

Lessons for Europe from a Texas tragedy

The winter storm that caused disastrous power outages across Texas in mid-February prompted speculation around the world about what went wrong. Many of the diagnoses offered had more to do with preconceived notions than with the facts as we know them so far. In an article for Euractiv, Michael Hogan unpacks this complex situation, zeroing in on the critical information and identifying relevant lessons for European energy policy, regulation and market design. (A German version is available here.)

   
   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Considering minimum energy performance standards for Germany

The buildings sector is the largest energy consumer in Germany. To meet its ambitious climate goals, Germany must dramatically improve the rate and depth of building renovation in the coming decade. The European Commission’s plan to propose minimum energy performance standards in 2021 could be a springboard for radically increasing energy efficiency improvements. Louise Sunderland and Andreas Jahn highlight the potential of such standards in a new policy brief. (Report also available in German.)

   
   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Priority areas for implementing the Efficiency First principle

European legislators have elevated Efficiency First to a core principle in EU legislation. Yet EU Member States are struggling with its implementation. The National Energy and Climate Plans provide extremely limited information about how Member States intend to implement it. Our new joint report, part of the Horizon 2020 project Enefirst, identifies promising approaches across several policy areas for implementing Efficiency First in EU countries. Thoughtfully executed, they have the potential to bring considerable benefits to consumers.

   
   

ELECTRIFICATION ACADEMY

Electricity supply systems of the future

On 23 March, RAP and Leonardo Energy welcome the editors of the green book Electricity Supply Systems of the Future. Nikos Hatziargyriou and Iony Patriota de Siqueria of CIGRE will offer a vision of future electricity supply systems and how to manage the technical transition to them. They will explore the role of large networks for bulk transmission as well as the emergence of clusters of small, largely independent distribution networks.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

ELECTRIFICATION ACADEMY

Recording available: 100% clean energy

A 2017 public opinion survey asked 26,000 participants whether they want a world with 100% renewable energy – 82% said yes. In our February Electrification Academy webinar, Stanford University’s Mark Jacobson spoke about the implications of transitioning to clean, renewable energy to combat climate change, air pollution and energy insecurity.

Watch here


ANNOUNCEMENT

RAP grows EU team

Electric mobility expert Jaap Burger and power sector specialists Sophie Yule-Bennett and Dominic Scott have joined RAP’s Europe programme. In a year characterised by vigorous debate and movement in the legislative realm, we’re excited to welcome these respected experts to our team.

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GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Renovating regulation to electrify buildings

RAP and Synapse Energy Economics joined forces for a webinar to present their new guidebook on best policy practices to encourage building electrification. The authors explored how to ‘renovate’ regulation to better realise the full potential of electrified, energy efficient buildings as a flexible resource.

Watch here

   
 


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