Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

  • Posted on 3rd August 2016
Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

The concept of energy storage is not new. However, technology advancements and the increased sense of urgency in relation to decarbonisation have gradually drawn attention to the possibilities of storage. Many argue that energy storage technologies will become one of the defining features of the future energy landscape, as they will allow governments to integrate renewable energy into their grids…

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The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

  • Posted on 15th June 2016
The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

In the run-up to last Thursday’s EU referendum, policy direction, announcements and news flow dried up as the politicians became increasingly consumed with the debate. Following the tumultuous decision taken by the British people, this piece considers the in-tray that the Government – above all, DECC, but in addition other parts of Whitehall – needs to return to on energy…

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Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

  • Posted on 12th April 2016
Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

Boom and Bust   The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been up and down a rollercoaster over the last decade. Launched with considerable optimism in 2005 as one of the European Union’s prime policy instruments for tackling climate change by placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, it has since gone through what can be most appropriately termed…

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16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

  • Posted on 7th August 2015
Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news – for once in a positive sense.   A major structural reform, aimed at tackling the huge surplus of allowances built up in the ETS…

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European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

  • Posted on 13th January 2015
European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

If last autumn was the settling-in period, the New Year is the time for the new European Commission to get moving on its priorities. The European Parliament elected last May has now bedded in, the Committees have established a work programme, and the parliamentarians will be keen to start making an impact on policy-making and regulatory measures. The next few…

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International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

  • Posted on 27th November 2014
International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

On 1 December representatives of the 196 parties (member countries) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Lima for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) international meeting. The climate negotiations have in recent years – especially since the conspicuous failure of parties at Copenhagen in 2009 to agree an international treaty – tended to…

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The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

  • Posted on 4th November 2014
The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

This article follows up a recent piece I wrote on the importance of agreeing a 2030 climate and energy framework at last month’s European Council. Following that agreement in Brussels, this article analyses some of the interesting (and surprising) elements of the agreement, and looks ahead to how the agreement will be followed up over the next few months.  …

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European Council: 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

  • Posted on 22nd October 2014
European Council: 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

This Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 October, at the European Council in Brussels, EU Heads of Government will take their most significant decision on climate change and energy policy for nearly six years, i.e. since the 2020 framework was passed into legislation. On the agenda this week is a prospective political agreement on the policy framework for climate and…

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European energy and climate: Brussels goes back to work

  • Posted on 1st September 2014
European energy and climate: Brussels goes back to work

The temperatures are falling; the mornings and nights are getting a little darker; it feels like autumn is just around the corner – it’s back to school time! This particularly applies to the politicians and civil servants who ply their trade in Brussels on EU policies and regulation. The new European Parliament barely had time to convene before it departed…

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