IAERE – Turin

IAERE – Turin

In the past days I took part in the annual conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), which was organized by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Turin. This is a conference that I always attend: since its first edition in Ferrara in 2013, I basically missed only the 2017 edition in Rome… but only because I was in the United States! As I anticipated in the last but one post of…

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More policy attention is needed for renewable heat – IEA

More policy attention is needed for renewable heat – IEA

Heat remains the sleeping giant of energy policy despite massive potential for energy savings and emissions reductions Source: IEA: More policy attention is needed for renewable heat As you know, my project is focused on the power sector, which is the main responsible for carbon dioxide emissions within the overall energy sector. However, one should keep in mind that there are other sectors – especially transport and heat – which not only are characterized by high levels of energy consumption…

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System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

The improvement of the modeling of system integration, storage, and grid in the WITCH model has been the main topic of the first year of the MERCURY project. The part regarding the system integration was developed in the first half of the year and was discussed in the seminar that I gave at FEEM in June. Storage and grid, instead, were developed in the second half of the year and were described in the final talk that I held at…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Finally I can provide some updates on the core research activities that I carried out in the last couple of months. After the seminar that I gave in late November at UC Berkeley, apart from fixing some details about the system integration modeling in WITCH that were raised during the talk, I resumed the work about the exploration of pathways of solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models, that I had already described in many previous posts. After the analysis…

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Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

New IRENA report finds all renewable technologies to be competitive by 2020. Source: Onshore Wind Power Now as Affordable as Any Other Source, Solar to Halve by 2020 I guess that the title and the caption perfectly summarize the concept! This is surely good news on the way towards the decarbonization of the power sector. The webpage also links to the full report which provides plenty of useful and interesting data.

FEEM internal seminar – II

FEEM internal seminar – II

Yesterday I took part in the first WITCH modeling meeting of my “new life” back to FEEM. As planned in my proposal, I gave a talk describing the activities that I carried out during my year at the University of California, Berkeley. My presentation was complemented by a talk by Simone, one of the two Master guys that I supervised in their dissertation in the past months and that has just started a three-month internship at FEEM. As predictable, my…

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PRIMA

PRIMA

Last week I eventually started working at FEEM: back to the real life, basically 🙂 In addition to the usual everyday work, yesterday I had the chance to attend an event organized here at FEEM dedicated to the presentation of the PRIMA project. PRIMA stands for Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area and is a research initiative, partly founded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, and partly by countries of the Mediterranean area, whose objective,…

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Coal 2017 – IEA

Coal 2017 – IEA

Explore key findings from the IEA’s market report on coal Source: Coal 2017: Key Findings In the past months I had dedicated a post to the energy trends in 2016 as depicted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was summarized with the following words: “Coal falls as gas rises”. Few days before Christmas, the IEA released a full and more detailed report dedicated to the status and the prospects of coal. After decades of constant and dramatic growth, coal…

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Arrivederci California!

Arrivederci California!

E così è arrivato il momento di tornare a casa… Incredibile: è già passato (quasi) un anno dal 14 gennaio, giorno in cui cominciò la mia avventura americana. Un anno davvero pieno, ricchissimo di esperienze che mi hanno fatto crescere molto. Ma ci sarà tempo per i bilanci, che notoriamente vanno fatti a freddo. Per ora mi godo qualche giorno di vacanza in famiglia. Del resto, dopo le Feste riprenderò il mio lavoro in FEEM, quindi nel frattempo meglio sfruttare…

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Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Source: Macron takes lead in climate change battle The President of the United States, Donald Trump, may have decided to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement, but the world has not stopped, and indeed the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has taken the lead. … And there is some irony as well: make our planet great again! 🙂