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IEA’s World Energy Outlook: Same Old?

December 26th, 2014 by Fereidoon Sioshansi, EEnergy Informer

The International Energy Agency released its annual World Energy Outlook 2014 in mid-November with the usual fanfare. As always, it is worth a read, for its breadth and depth even if parts read repetitive of prior projections. The overwhelming message, now repeated enough number of times by enough forecasts of the future, is the clear bifurcation of global energy demand growth among the haves and have nots, the north and the south, with China rapidly joining the former.
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What’s so Great about Fixed Charges?

December 14th, 2014 by Severin Borenstein, Haas Business School, UC Berkekey

There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges,instead collecting all of their revenue from households through usage-based charges, called volumetric pricing.

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A new Energy Policy for the new European Commission?

December 4th, 2014 by Jean-Michel Glachant, European University Institute

No EU policy can be perfect – it will inevitably be a compromise between a good cause and a due cause. However, we are now at a critical turning point, as several pillars of former Barroso’s EU energy policy have already collapsed, prompting an update or an entire overhaul.

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