Dusseldorf: the Rhine, the Oberkasseler bridge, and the Düsseldorfer Altstadt—the longest bar in the world. Photo: Erin Camarena.

Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany

Late last month I had the opportunity to travel to Dusseldorf, Germany for the RECS Market Meeting, a conference that focuses on voluntary renewable electricity market and policy developments and is similar to our own Renewable Energy Markets conference. It is organized each year by RECS International, a Netherlands-based non-profit association of electricity market players …

Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting 2013

My colleague Alex Pennock and I recently travelled to snowy Berlin to attend the RECS Market Meeting hosted by RECS International.  After the long journey, we arrived in the historic German city and were greeted warmly by the almost exclusively European conferencegoers. Why go to Europe?  Over the past few years, there have been numerous …

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Lessons from Europe: Price, Policy, and Market Participants in the EU ETS

As a European with professional experience in carbon market consulting, I nearly feel obligated to share some of my thoughts on carbon emission trading, especially since California is getting serious with the introduction of its own cap and trade scheme that will most likely take effect next year. Therefore, I will share some experiences and …

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Inside The European Union’s Aggressive 20-20-20 Renewable Energy Goals

With the lack of progress of a comprehensive federal renewable energy policy at the U.S. Capitol, it was heartening to hear about real progress being made in Europe during my recent trip to Brussels at the end of March. As a speaker at the RECS International Market Meeting, I had the opportunity to interact with …