Policy & Regulation

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Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?

Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. This article was first published in November/December issue of Intelligent Utility magazine. In Germany, where renewable energy accounts for around one-quarter of national power output, the big power generation utilities like RWE, … Continue reading

Utility customer psychology is bad for you

This article was first published in the March/April 2014 edition of Intelligent Utility magazine You may think Europeans are more sophisticated than you Americans, meeting our beautiful partners with cheese-slicer cheekbones to sip cappuccinos in an elegant cafe before jumping on a Vespa back to our Georgian townhouses. Well, it turns out that when it … Continue reading

Energy from waste generates cash

Harnessing energy from waste enables companies to cut costs as well as carbon emissions, but there is potential for greater progress, as Tim Probert discovers. This article first appeared in the special report, ‘Managing Waste’, published in The Times on 5 March 2014. Every year the average person in the UK generates 500kg of waste. … Continue reading

2020 vision: A look at the European electricity market

This article was first published in the January/February 2014 edition of Intelligent Utility magazine Europe’s electricity market is a mess. The clash between the European Commission’s desire for a single European market and national considerations of renewables targets, carbon emission reductions, price regulation and “keeping the lights on” is profound and getting harsher. In effect, … Continue reading