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  • Enter the Shark Curve

    Analytical Brief This short article discusses the now famous “Duck Curve” as well as the less well-kwown “Nessie Curve” that have been used to describe California and Hawaii respectively and proposes a…
  • Re-engaging FIT system owners and accelerating the Energy Transition

    Analytical Brief This policy paper lays out an innovative concept for the German government to catalyse a new wave of investments in the Energy Transition, reduce the renewable energy surcharge (the EEG…
  • FITs and Stops: Spain’s New Renewable Energy Plot Twist & What It All Means

    Analytical Brief Faced with growing fiscal challenges and the specter of increasingly trigger-happy credit rating agencies, the new center-right Spanish government has acted to temporarily put a halt to awarding new feed-in…
  • The Rise and Fall of Oil

    Analytical Brief Over a century and a half since its first commercial extraction, oil now accounts for approximately 40% of global energy use and over 90% of the world’s transportation needs. However,…
  • Booms, Busts, and Retroactive Cuts: Spain’s RE Odyssey

    Analytical Brief Much ink has been spilled over Spain’s recent solar energy boom-and-bust. In response to generous tariffs and loose oversight, developers in Spain installed over 2600MW of solar PV capacity in…
  • Pound-Wise or Penny-Foolish: The Case of Electricity Policy

    Analytical Brief In his conclusion to a recent speech at the London School of Economics, Lord Turner, Chair of the Financial Services Authority in the UK, introduced an important distinction in reference…
  • Natural Gas: An Unconventional Story

    Analytical Brief This analytical brief explores the remarkable episode of growth that occurred in natural gas-based electricity development in the U.S. between 1990 and 2008. This boom was the product of a…
  • Feed-in Tariffs: Arguments and Counter-arguments

    Analytical Brief Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) have come under fire of late, being criticized variously as “subsidies,” and “unfunded liabilities.” This Analytical Brief dispels a few common misconceptions of what is now widely…