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LEAP, the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System, is a software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. This article is the result of an e-mail interview & exchange with Charlie Heaps, LEAP Developer and COMMEND Manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Will CSP and Ocean Energy become the next booming technologies? Mention renewable energy and the first examples most people think of are hydroelectric power, wind power, photovoltaic panels, and various types of biomass. These are indeed the renewable technologies that have been implemented on the largest scale in recent years. But with the ever increasing… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

This discussion webinar takes place on Friday, March 7th, from 14h30 to 15h30. Content Renewable energy technologies are going through a learning cycle. Their costs are going down as a long-term trend. Meanwhile, energy prices are going up. Another factor is the price of carbon. Solar electricity was typically more than 5 times more expensive… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs joined the blogosphere last Friday with his first weekly post. He’s actually the 9th Commissioner starting up a blog. The initiative could be significant for various reasons: Participation of policy makers to the energy blogosphere  has been lagging other sectors. Mr Piebalgs’ example hopefully inspires other policy makers to reach out beyond… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday, 1 February 2008 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is not a new technology. A CSP plant in the California desert has been functioning effectively for fifteen years. Until recently however this technology has been somehow overshadowed by photovoltaic solar energy. This has started to change as CSP is attracting increasing… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

An annual growth of 0.5% does not suffice The European Union recently caused quite a political stir by announcing their ambitious new target of 20% renewable energy capacity in Europe by 2020. At the same time the likelihood that Europe will even approach its former renewables target of 12% by 2010 is growing smaller. The… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

This webinar will discuss the EU’s policy on energy efficiency, focusing on the recent National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) submitted in the context of the Energy Services Directive. These NEEAPs from the 27 Member States offer for the first time a unique panorama on energy efficiency in Europe, as well as an ultimate compendium… » read more

Posted by Ingenheiro

Luca Lo Schiavo from AEEG (the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas) presents his organization and its major contribution to EU works in this domain in this interview. He also gives an overview of possible future trends in service quality regulation as well as some examples from Italy and France. He discusses the appeal… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer