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Research Team present five papers at ECEEE Summer Study

Research Team present five papers at ECEEE Summer Study

The ACE Research Team presented five papers this year at the bi-annual energy efficiency conference organised by the European Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, the 2011 Summer Study.

The team’s papers presented original thought collated for the purpose of the conference covering the topics of energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, finance for energy efficiency, the potential for a stamp duty differential to drive energy efficiency improvements, fuel poverty policy and the potential for a revival of the least cost energy planning approach.

The papers can be downloaded below:

Levelling the playing field through least-cost energy planning: in limbo, too late or just right?

The European Climate Foundation last year made the assertion that energy efficiency must be the ‘foundation for success’ for Europe’s 2050 climate targets – with the potential to cost-effectively retire or avoid 440 500MW coal plants. This outcome requires the strong coordination of resource allocation for energy supply and end-use efficiency. Least cost energy planning has been the tool to achieve such an outcome in Europe since the 1980s. Whilst much talked about it never got off the ground. The paper asks whether the time is now ripe for it.

Unlocking pension cash to fund energy efficiency improvements

In the United Kingdom, energy price increases have consistently outstripped the inflation-linked increases most pensions receive. As a result, pensioners‟ income is eroded and more and more fall into fuel poverty. As the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age can we avoid this happening again by encouraging retirees to invest their retirement lump sums in the energy efficiency of their homes? The paper compares this approach with other options to financing energy efficiency improvements.

Addressing Key Barriers in the Delivery of Domestic Energy Efficiency Improvements – The Case for Energy Efficiency Property Purchase Taxes

Improving the energy efficiency of homes suffers from two key barriers. The first is that the cost of fuel bills rarely factor into the house price. The second is that the average length of occupancy for homeowners in the UK is shorter than the payback period of many energy efficiency measures. Green Deal Finance is trying to side-step the second barrier by linking repayments to the house rather than the household. The paper investigates the possibility of addressing the second barrier by creating an incentive to improve energy efficiency by linking energy performance to payable Stamp Duty.

Energy Poverty – risks, conflicts and opportunities in the development of energy poverty alleviation policy under the umbrella of energy efficiency and carbon reduction policy

In the context of the first acknowledgement of fuel poverty as an issue in the European gas and electricity Directives, this paper draws on the UK experience to consider the risks, conflicts and opportunities in the development and implementation of fuel poverty policy in the context of wider energy and carbon reduction policy.

Dangers and unintended consequences of siloed renewable energy and energy efficiency policy making: Evidence from the UK

This paper considers how the historic over-emphasis on supply side energy policy and the current focus on meeting the renewable energy targets has undermined the natural complementarities between renewable energy and energy efficiency policy objectives. The analysis in the paper of the new renewable energy policies, the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive, illustrates the missed opportunities, inconsistent messages and expensive carbons savings that result.

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