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Examination of recent policy and regulatory initiatives
New Zealand's New Regulatory Regime: Incentive schemes for grid expansion
March 1, 2012
World over, electricity transmission infrastructure expansion and pricing practices are receiving increasing regulatory scrutiny. Traditional cost-based (or rate-of-return)....
New Environmental Rules: Is US grid reliability under threat?
February 1, 2012
The American grid's reliability over the coming years is under intense scrutiny with the recent finalisation of the rules by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to...
Australia's Proposed Transmission Rules: To promote efficient investment
January 1, 2012
Electricity transmission service, being a natural monopoly, needs an appropriate regulatory framework to provide enough incentives for further investment in the sector.
Brazil's New Environment Rules: To expedite transmission permits
December 1, 2011
Energy industry analysts agree to siting and permitting procedures and rules as the biggest challenge for transmission expansion. Land acquisition and environmental...
Funding European Energy Projects: New guidelines to expedite priority projects
November 1, 2011
Last month, the European Commission (EC) once again demonstrated its commitment to build a Europe-wide single energy grid. On October 19, 2011, the EC proposed...
Mexico's New Grid Rules for Renewables: Developers to build their own lines
October 1, 2011
With a favourable climate, Mexico holds huge potential for electricity generation from renewable energy resources such as wind, geothermal and solar.
Cap and Floor Regime: To boost investment in transmission interconnections
September 1, 2011
Investment in cross-border interconnections in Europe will help integrate renewable energy, contribute to security of electricity supply, and facilitate competition...
Germany's Nuclear Power Phase-Out: Implications for the transmission grid
August 1, 2011
The aftereffects of the recent Japanese nuclear disaster are being felt strongly beyond the country's borders and will remain for a long time to come.
The Issue of Eminent Domain: Balancing social and economic interests
July 1, 2011
Land acquisition for infrastructure projects, including electricity transmission lines, has always been contentious. The issue of eminent domain, whereby the state...
India's Transmission Pricing Policy: Open access reforms take a step forward
June 1, 2011
The transmission pricing reforms in India are slowly inching closer to implementation. A major step was taken in April 2011 with the Indian electricity regulator...
Germany's New Grid Expansion Initiatives: Expedite renewable energy integration
May 1, 2011
As Germany moves forward with plans to decommission its nuclear plants, the issue of grid expansion to accommodate larger amounts of renewable energy has taken...
EU's Third Energy Package Takes Effect: Move towards single energy market
April 1, 2011
The European Union's (EU) Third Legislative Package on Energy formally came into force last month. The legislation ushers in new rules for the further...
FERC's new approach to RoE: Toughens stance on granting incentives for projects
March 1, 2011
The electricity transmission sector in the US has been receiving significant attention in the last few years, given the role it plays in achieving the country's energy...
Open Access Transmission Regulation in India: Interstate level implemented
February 1, 2011
Transparent and non-discriminatory access to electricity transmission networks is critical for attracting investments in the power sector. The Indian federal regulator Central...
MISO's New Transmission Cost Allocation Strategy: Grid upgradation made affordable
January 1, 2011
The electricity transmission industry is constantly grappling with the controversial issue of cost allocation among grid users. The issue has assumed greater magnitude...
Energy 2020: EU's strategy to achieve climate and energy goals
December 1, 2010
The European Union (EU) acknowledges that a competitive, sustainable and secure energy sector will play a crucial role in continued economic growth of the block.
Towards an Internal EU Electricity Market: EGREG brings out guidelines on CACM
November 1, 2010
The European Union (EU) has repeatedly emphasised the importance of a robust interconnected transmission infrastructure in developing a single internal electricity market.
Meeting UK's renewable goals: Ofgem reviews transmission charging
October 1, 2010
Will the UK be able to achieve its ambitious target of meeting 15 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020? The answer depends on how rapidly it is...
Case for Energy Storage: California surges ahead with legislation
September 1, 2010
California, it appears, is pursuing the most aggressive carbon policy in the US. The state's law stipulates a 20 per cent renewable portfolio standard to be achieved by 2010.
India's New Pricing Regulations: Right signals for network expansion
August 1, 2010
During the last one year, transmission pricing and tariffs have been topics of serious debate and discussion in the Indian power sector. This culminated in the passage...
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