Tendencias en RI

California Customer Choice

This draft paper sets the stage for a conversation among California energy policy decision-makers and stakeholders about the need to develop a plan to address the current shift in the evolving electricity market and the next steps in managing this transition. The paper provides a holistic and strategically agnostic view of the
interdependent attributes related to customer choice.




Cost-benefit analysis of Smart Grid projects: Isernia

This report presents the results of the application of the JRC cost-benefit analysis methodology to the ENEL smart grid project in Isernia. The Isernia project was chosen for the wide range of smart grid technologies covered in a real-world user environment. The project, which is funded by the Italian regulator, started in 2011 and ended in 2015. The goal of this report is twofold: a) to gather insights on the real costs and benefits of a smart grid pilot project, including the societal ones, collecting crucial information for replication at large scale of the solutions tested; and b) to continue implementing the JRC cost-benefit analysis methodology on real projects, in order to build a solid case for its application to the most diverse smart grid projects as a decision-making tool for public and private investors in smart grid.



Investigation into the 2017 auction for low-carbon electricity generation contracts

In September 2017, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the Department) awarded through an auction 11 Contracts for Difference (CfDs) to low‑carbon electricity generation projects. CfDs fix the price that generators receive for the electricity they generate for a set period, typically 15 years. Consumer-funded top-up payments make up the difference between the fixed price in the contract, known as the ‘strike price’, and the prevailing market price. The 2017 auction resulted in lower costs for new offshore wind farms than the government expected. This continued the recent trajectory of reductions in the costs of this technology. The government has awarded more than 40 CfDs since 2014, mostly through auctions.



Renewable Energy and Rural Development

The Journal of Law and Rural Development provides a forum where the link between law and rural development can be explored.
IFAD’s experience has been that changes in the law can unlock the potential for development, particularly where smallholders and poor rural people are concerned.
Social, political and legal infrastructure are just as important as the physical variety, and developing these systems can be as essential as building roads or irrigation canals in helping to improve poor people’s lives.



Enlarging incentive regulation to improve public awareness and trust in electricity transmission infrastructure development

This report re-examines and assesses the possibility of enlarging incentive regulation to improve the performance of project promoters in building public awareness and trust in infrastructure development projects. The study is structured into three blocks: 1) Taking stock of the obstacles to stakeholder engagement activities and current activities
organised by project developers, 2) Innovation in the context of the economic regulation of project developers (TSOs) and 3) Enlarging incentive regulation to, first, include other regulators and, second, to consider economic incentives for other stakeholders involved in project development.


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