Electricity pricing that varies by time can enable consumers to bolster grid flexibility at low cost. Few countries have deployed it widely. Now China is pioneering its widespread use.
The EU and US have come forward with a pledge to cut global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030. Other large emitters are signing up.
Industry group COGEN Europe believes the efficient use of renewable fuels, such as biofuels and hydrogen, in buildings could help the EU achieve its 2030 energy efficiency and climate targets.
Companies are ready to embrace corporate PPAs, but policymakers need to speed up the number of renewable energy projects coming online, says Hannah Hunt, director of the RE-Source Platform, an alliance of clean energy buyers and sellers.
Explicitly linking sustainability and financial data reporting, as will soon be required by EU regulation, could provide much-needed clarity for investors and serve as a strategic tool for companies in transition.
Policymakers are increasingly adding elaborate caveats to energy transition pledges in an effort to look ambitious on climate action, while refusing to fully engage with the implications of net-zero emissions for natural gas, writes energy analyst Jonathan Gaventa.
The Three Seas Initiative between countries in the east of Europe remains, with US support, focused on gas. Switching its attention to renewables would avoid stranded assets and boost technological, industrial and economic transformation, writes Julian Popov from the European Climate Foundation.
Energy experts that advocate heating homes with hydrogen rather than turning to deep renovation and building insulation as their first port of call will make the energy transition more expensive for everyone, says Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project.
Accession talks between the EU and Turkey have well and truly stalled, but trying to work more closely together on clean energy could benefit both sides, and help take fossil fuels offline.