Today an article written by our fellow RESD student Ruggiero Rippo! Enjoy it as much as we do!
This year on the 19th of February all of us can make a big difference. On this day the
largest broadcasting initiative takes place, to raise awareness about energy consumption and sustainable mobility. The event, called “M’illumino di meno” (“I enlighten myself less”), is at its 12th edition and speaks to all of us: citizens, private associations and public institutions. The campaign is supported nation wide and on a European level by different public authorities, such as the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Italian Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and the European Parliament. Participating is very easy. Just take some simple actions that affect our daily routine: turn off all the unnecessary lights, ride the bike on your way to work or to the university, minimize the use of electric appliances. Basically, have a zero energy impact for one single day! The people involved in the project have achieved sensational goals through the years; for example: they organized concerts where the spectators cycle to produce electricity; they managed to “switch off” the main monuments in our cities like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Coliseum in Rome. Even Hans-Gert Pöttering, the President of the European Parliament in 2008, declared that “the event has a symbolic value with a tangible effect”. In fact, even if the event has a short length, it achieved to drastically reduce the energy waste. In 2007 and 2008 the demand of energy, few minutes after the event has started, was respectively 300 MW and 400 MW lower than usual. This is a huge amount of energy saved! Therefore, the possibility to make a difference, even if just for one day, is concrete. As the slogan of the campaign recites: “Sol Omnia regit”, “Everything depends on the sun”, we are all summoned to a conscious use of our resources, starting with changing our habits.
Tesla’s new ‘Powerwall’ battery which can save excess energy which can be used to later on will hit the markets of Australia late this year. It is being launched well before the predictions in early 2016. Even if those who have already installed the solar panels for them it should be a great news.
The standard model being plugged by Tesla — for the average household — is the 7kWh Powerwall. Tesla Energy will also be supplying 10kWh Powerwalls however, along with the commercial and utility scale Powerpack, which groups powerful 100kWh battery blocks for anywhere from 500kWh to upwards of 10MWh.
There are also numerous energy companies who want to distribute the Tesla’s battery in the Australian Market. Similar to the battery in the Model S, the Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, only this one can be mounted on the wall of your house. The biggest markets for battery storage in Australia will be those areas that pay little for the output from solar arrays to the grid. This includes all new installations, and in areas like NSW ( New south wales), where 160,000 households will lose their solar premium tariffs at the end of 2016. Labor of has set a target of Australia generating 50% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030, even if there are yet no details on the implementation of it.
What will be the price and eventual feedback, we are really looking forward to it!
In our RESD course we hear a lot about environmental policies and how they get applied in the real world. One of them are white certificates.
The main aim of this kind of certificates is to lower the energy consumption by installing a market to trade them relatively freely and doing so to achieve a certain target of energy savings. Relatively because this market is usually not meant for private persons but for the cluster of energy producers and large scale consumers.
White certificates are given to producers that save a certain amount of energy, this certificate can then be sold to others that are not able to meet the predefined targets. This concept is very similar to emission trading, that we already showed you in some previous posts (Emission Trading Part I and Emission Trading Part II). The theory behind both this systems is to let regulate the market trough pricing and its supply/demand characteristics a certain output at least cost.
Energy certificates are quite a big deal here in Europe: since 2005 several countries started a white tag trading scheme (like France, Denmark, Poland, UK, Netherlands, Italy ecc.)
Especially here in Italy the Certificati bianchi are of major importance in the energy market.
but also in the United States similar systems get applied in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
In the last years also voluntary markets for efficiency certificates are emerging, the most important is for sure is www.starlingplanet.com that provides a market for renewable energy certificates.
Next week I will write about another very similar kind of certificate, the so called Green Certificates that are gonna substitute the white ones in the future.