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 …

Disproving the Tragedy of the Commons: Rio+20 Sustainable Development Commitments

When Garrett Hardin wrote his famous essay The Tragedy of the Commons in 1968, he used the example of herdsman grazing their animals in a common pasture to exemplify the “tragedy” that results when multiple actors, acting independently and “rationally” (in the economic self-interest sense), will deplete a shared finite resource, even when it is …

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 …

Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid

Photo Courtesy The Wind Ninja     Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) may be most recognized for its Green-e programs, but it works to promote renewable energy in many more ways. Since 1999, CRS has been involved with the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), which aims to build capacity within China to expand …