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Local energy aggregation: Similarities between the Italian Hera Group and the Community Choice Energy programs in California

Energy Efficiency

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21 September 2018

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Silvia Zinetti

2 local energy aggregations and 2 regions. The Hera Group and the Marin Clean Energy are getting really positive results in Italy and California respectively where they perform their services. Both were the first aggregation experiment and stood up with very robust local roots. Even though both compete in different territories and market conditions, their goals target the same future perspective towards increasing the use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions.

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ICP – the way financial institutions can make fighting climate change a business case

Finance

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20 September 2018

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Rod Janssen

What is ICP there for? And waht is recently stepping out? The Investor Confidence Project is there to remove many of the complications and risks in improving the energy performance in industry, street lighting and energy supply. Re:fit Cymru, a framework for Energy Conservation Retrofits within Public Sector buildings in Wales, recently stated that "ICP protocols complement the existing technical & compliance QA (quality assurance) checks and credibility to the Payback Model and Guaranteed Savings and providing the contracting Authority with due diligence and confidence." And there is already an ICP investor network representing 1.4 billion EURO waiting for ICP certified projects.

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Evolution in energy efficiency financing

Finance

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18 September 2018

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Dr Steven Fawkes

What are the problems in energy efficiency financing markets? It seems like it is still difficult to unlock finance, but certainly, a lot of barriers have disappeared. The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) or the EU-PACE project, are the proof of it. The transition goes from the mindset of thinking that the core problem was the lack of finance, to the need of understanding financing as an ecosystem where tasks and stakeholders should align horizontally to deliver standardized and bankable projects, bringing implementation, non-energy benefits and returns.

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Offshore wind rising to challenge king coal in Polish energy market

Energy Efficiency

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12 September 2018

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Jürgen Ritzek

Poland's energy and electricity markets are undergoing major changes. As costs fall in the offshore wind industry, it is becoming price-competitive with more carbon-intensive forms of energy that have long dominated in the country. Supporting the move towards renewable energy, Poland has taken the first steps to introduce greater flexibility into its energy system but ageing grid infrastructure will require modernisation.

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Risk minimization for energy efficiency projects

Finance

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05 September 2018

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Daniel Schoeler

German companies can now use ICP, thanks to ERN. ERN (Energiedienstleistungen Rhein-Neckar GmbH), a specialist for various energy services, is the first qualified ICP Project Developer and Quality Assurance Assessor for industrial projects in Germany.

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