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 …

Thoughts at “100% Renewables” in San Francisco

Last week, I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military pier turned into a bright, scenic conference center, for some inspiration at the first “Pathways to 100% Renewables” conference. The new event attracted such speakers as SF Mayor Ed Lee and the Small Planet Institute’s France Moore Lappé. Sponsored by a variety …

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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Guest Post: A Clean Energy Standard and the Voluntary Market

  I spent some time last week in Washington D.C. meeting with staff in a number of Senate offices. I was there representing the Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA), a trade association for renewable energy marketers, developers and suppliers focused on building and maintaining robust markets for renewable energy in the U.S. As reports of …