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April 2019

Electric vehicles

Start with smart: Promising practices for integrating electric vehicles into the grid

Electric vehicles are coming. If integrated strategically into the power system, they can bring significant value to Europe’s transition toward decarbonised electricity and transport. With a holistic e‑mobility strategy, policymakers can unlock vast benefits for all consumers, the grid and the environment. RAP’s “start with smart” approach encompasses three key strategies for integrating electric vehicles: smart pricing, smart technology and smart infrastructure. 

   
   

Power markets

Walking the walk on capacity mechanisms

The General Court of the European Union ruled last year to annul the capacity market in Great Britain. In response, the European Commission has now embarked on a detailed formal investigation of the market’s design. Based on its opening opinion, the Commission appears to be at odds with itself about whether to enforce the recast regulation it approved last year addressing the internal energy market — and confirm that appropriate energy market reform makes capacity markets unnecessary. 

   
   

energy efficiency

Don't throw money for heat decarbonisation out the window 

Electrification is an effective way to decarbonise heating. Yet, electrifying the heating system of a draughty Victorian home, for example, is a waste if the heat leaks out of the house. We know that much of the building stock in Europe is not energy-efficient. Dr. Jan Rosenow illustrates how pairing low‑carbon heating technologies and energy efficiency improvements is the clear answer for decarbonising heat, lowering emissions from heating and saving consumers money.

   
   

PRICING AND RATE DESIGN   

Net metering for solar energy self-consumption: US experience

Despite falling costs for residential solar photovoltaic, the growth rate for new installations in Germany is sluggish. One reason could be the inflexible system for compensating homeowners generating power, regardless of whether they feed any of that energy into the grid. RAP and Agora Energiewende analysed net-metering programmes in the United States to draw lessons on how the German compensation programme could be improved. (In German)

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

global insights

Gilets jaunes, RGGI and recommendations for China’s carbon reduction policies

The gilets jaunes protests of fuel taxes in France underscore the critical role of consumers in defining how we decarbonise our economies. RAP explores examples from other regions of pairing carbon prices with complementary policies to save consumers money, reduce emissions and strengthen the economy.

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Announcement

Louise Sunderland joins RAP’s Europe team

RAP welcomes Louise Sunderland, a researcher and policy analyst with more than 10 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainability in the energy and building sectors. Ms. Sunderland is a strong addition to RAP’s experts working on energy efficiency, energy poverty and carbon revenue recycling.

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RAP IN THE MEDIA

RAP EU Director ranked #22 among top 100 influencers for renewables and future of energy

This “top 100” list by Onalytica identifies the most influential individuals on social media in the field of renewables and the future of energy. Ranking 22nd, Dr. Jan Rosenow joins the esteemed company of Fatih Birol, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Liebreich, Dominique Ristori, Al Gore, Maroš Šefčovič and others.

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