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The IEA's Central Projections for Renewables Continue to Look Way Too Low

The IEA’s projections for wind and solar capacity look much too low, continuing a history of vastly underestimating renewables growth.  Their projections are not a reliable basis for projecting the world’s future power generation...

Posted March 2, 2015    

Randomised Trials of Energy Efficiency Policy

Greater use of randomised trials could help the uptake of energy efficiency by identifying which policy interventions work best.More efficient use of energy is high on almost everyone’s list of good ways to reduce CO2 emissions.  It can lead to...

Posted February 11, 2015    

Wind Energy Output: Clearing the Air

Loss of output from wind turbines as they age is roughly in line with that from other technologies.  Looking at an earlier claim that deterioration is much more rapid than this provides useful lessons for spotting erroneous results that could...

Posted January 16, 2015    

Grains of Rice, Japanese Swords, and Solar Panels

Even Greenpeace has underestimated the growth of renewables.  In particular, solar has been growing exponentially, and may continue to be so for a while, though likely at a slower percentage rate.Greenpeace did much better than many at...

Posted December 1, 2014    

Making Climate Change Policies Fit their Own Domain

A new framework acts as a sound guide for policy formation.There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this: The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions.  This...

Posted November 3, 2014    

Costing Damages from Climate Change Offers Only a Partial Guide to Choice of Policy

Estimates of the cost of damages from greenhouse gas emissions are more use for ruling in policy measures than ruling them out.Estimates of the cost of the damages caused by greenhouse gas emissions are widely used to assess the cost effectiveness...

Posted October 15, 2014    

Carbon Regulation Becomes the Norm

Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, including caps and prices, is spreading around the world. Jurisdictions without something in place are becoming the exception.Back in January I noted that carbon pricing is in place or legislated in...

Posted October 2, 2014    

Transmission Links to Enable Wind Energy

The availability of long distance transmission systems can help smooth out variations in availability of wind power, but helps solar less. Policy needs to enable long-distance links to allow continuing increases in wind generation.One of the...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Could Rising Aviation Emissions be Good for the Environment?

International aviation sector is likely to require a substantial number of offsets to meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality above a 2020 baseline.  If these offsets are forestry related there is the possibility of generating substantial...

Posted July 14, 2014    

The Need for a Trend Break in the Carbon Intensity of Energy Use

Looking at past changes in each driver of total emissions emphasises the necessity of deploying very low carbon technologies. There has been some recent discussion about the Kaya identity, which breaks down emissions from energy use into...

Posted June 30, 2014    

Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 3 of 3

This is the last of three posts summarising the differing features of carbon pricing instruments – emissions trading (cap-and-trade), carbon taxes, and hybrids – and commenting on some of the implications for existing carbon pricing schemes.  ...

Posted May 15, 2014    

Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 2 of 3

This post is the second of three summarising the differing features of carbon pricing instruments – emissions trading (cap-and-trade), carbon taxes, and hybrids – and commenting on some of the implications for existing carbon pricing schemes.  ...

Posted May 7, 2014