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Electric vehicles (EV) have been embraced as a way to reduce both local as well as global pollution in the transport sector. Traditionally, low range combined with a lack of charging infrastructure and the high prices of batteries made electric vehicles relatively unattractive compared to combustion engines. During the last five years however, a combination of factors such as technology improvements, government support and mass production have made the electric vehicle a true competitor for the combustion engine powered vehicles. Continue Reading
Through the Energy Efficiency Directive, the European Union has instructed its member states to reduce domestic energy-consumption by 1,5 % each year until 2020. To attain this target, they are expected to develop concrete schemes to improve energy-efficiency. In Belgium, energy premiums are the main measure to incentivize energy-efficiency initiatives. In this article, Sia Partners takes a look at the energy premiums for residential households in the different Belgian Regions and the impact they have on energy savings and CO2 reduction. Continue Reading
The Belgian energy market is about to evolve remarkably in 2018. The creation of a new federal clearing house and the implementation of the new energy market process model MIG6.0 will have a significant impact on the data exchange and the market processes structuring the electricity and gas market today. The new clearing house will simplify the data exchange between participants in the energy market while the new market model will incorporate the latest technologies, such as the availability of smart meters and decentralized production. Continue Reading
Belgium has seen a clear slowdown in the growth of its photovoltaic (PV) capacity. This collapse of the Belgian PV market has been mainly attributed to the cutbacks in government support over recent years. As a result, home owners have been cautious, refraining from investing in PV on a large scale. The question can be raised whether this reluctance is justified. Is PV today really an unattractive investment for households from an economic perspective? In this article, Sia Partners answers this question, by studying the case of an average Belgian household and the potential returns they could achieve by investing in a rooftop PV installation today. Continue Reading
Sia Partners presents the major impediments of the implementation of a European Market Coupling system. These obstacles, compared with the high expectations of such a system, lead to a reflection about the possible ways to improve the development of a European Market Coupling. Continue Reading
Technological innovation is one of the drivers for changing business models. The market is asking for a way to be more efficient with produced energy both in distribution and consumption. Numerous solutions are being developed for storage of energy as electricity and as heat. Hybrid or combinations of solutions are gaining ground fast. In this article two companies with high innovation potential are discussed. Continue Reading
Since 1996, Europe has adopted three energy packages, which have generalized the unbundling of the production, supply and management activities of the transmission and distribution systems. In many countries, those changes have deeply modified the TSOs’ operation and shareholder structure. Continue Reading
According to the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), Europe could lack up to 47 GW generation capacities by 2020. This significant figure reflects the tough economic conditions faced by power plant operators. Market spreads on futures markets are often negative for baseload & mid-merit gas-fired generation units. This uncertainty leads to put on hold investment decisions. In this perspective, market operators and authorities have started looking... Continue Reading
Following the economic and financial crisis that began in late 2008, oil majors have revised their strategies and refocused their efforts on their core business : hydrocarbons exploration and production. After a brief decline in 2009, majors have since resumed with greater intensity their investments which increased by 12.4% per year on average. These are mainly directed towards upstream activities whose share in total investment in the pace of four years increased from 79 to 85% on average. Continue reading
The solar energy transmitted on earth exceeds about 11 000 times the worldwide energy demand, evaluated at 12.5 billion Toe in 2012. Even if photovoltaic is the leader as regards as the solar electricity generation, other solutions still exist. Especially adapted to highly sunny regions, the Concentrated Solar Power technology (CSP) offers numerous perspectives for the coming years.What are the features of the CSP and its specificities compared to the photovoltaic? Who are the market stakeholders? What about the main challenges and perspectives for the developing technology? Continue Reading
The Belgian energy landscape is going through a critical transition. As a consequence of the ever increasing share of renewables, conventional gas-fired power plants are becoming increasingly unprofitable. The announced closure of many CCGTs in combination with uncertainty about Doel 3 and Tihange 2 and the approaching nuclear phase-out endangers security of supply. Indeed, over the next years it becomes increasingly questionable whether sufficient generation capacity ... Continue Reading
Innovations, new technologies, new entrants: As wireless changed the telecommunications industry, distributed generation and information technologies are poised to bring major disruptions to the utilities sector. Overcapacity and tariff pressures are putting conventional power generation under pressure... Continue Reading
Carbon Capture and Storage » (CCS) is a technology to extract carbon from industrial exhausts, transport it through pipelines, and store it in saline aquifers or depleted hydrocarbon fields. This technology thus allows for a quick and significant reduction of CO2 emissions. Continue Reading
Representing about 28% of primary energy, coal is now the second largest source of energy in the world and the first used to produce electricity. Far from being an energy of the past, it is likely to become the first source of global energy by the 5-10 years to come according to the IEA report published in late 2012 (Medium Term Coal Market Report). Continue Reading
With a production of 547.9 kBep/j in 2012, the United States is by far the largest producer of biofuels and represents 45.4% of the global production. While Brazil dominated the industry until 2006, the United States has implemented a proactive legislation that promoted the growth of this sector. Continue Reading