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March 2020


Heating without the hot air: Principles for smart heat electrification

Europe meets 75% of its heat demand by burning fossil fuels — a practice that will push out of reach the climate targets for 2030 and beyond, if continued. Decarbonising space and water heating is not only vital for turning this ship around, it also has immense power system benefits. Dr. Jan Rosenow and Dr. Richard Lowes share four pragmatic principles for clean heat, and policies to help implement them in a cost-effective, integrated approach across key sectors.



Carbon revenues for a renovation revolution

If Europe is to meet its 2050 climate goals, we need to drastically reduce emissions from buildings. Viewed through this lens, renovation and energy efficiency become imperatives, not options. So how do we fund the European Union’s recently announced “renovation wave,” especially for those unable to fund renovation themselves? Louise Sunderland shared one solution at Renovate Europe Day 2019: The sole aim of the European Emissions Trading System is to save carbon — this must also dictate use of its revenues.



Network tariff reform needed for electric vehicles

Current estimates place 2 million to 3 million electric vehicles on the roads in Germany by 2025. Making this a reality requires coordinated action by the stakeholders developing charging infrastructure and the policymakers who regulate it. Reforming the current system for setting network charges will be necessary for ensuring charging stations are cost-effective for operators and convenient for EV drivers. RAP recommends a path forward in Tagesspiegel Background (in German).



Performance-based regulation

Zsuzsanna Pató spoke about the regulatory framework for distribution system operators’ revenues at a workshop in Brussels organised by GEODE, the association of European independent gas and electricity distribution companies. She provides an overview of the regulatory models in use in Europe and explains performance-based regulation.

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Electric cost allocation for a new era

Although variable renewable energy, distributed resources and new technologies characterise today’s power system, the process for allocating utility costs is still grounded in 20th century thinking. RAP’s new manual Electric cost allocation for a new era charts a comprehensive path for a fair, clean and efficient power system.

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