Progressive tariffs: An introduction to a complicated construction


Proclaimed by François Hollande to be a key issue of his presidential program, progressive tariffs are part of a law proposal of François Brottes, a socialist representative and president of economic matters of the National Assembly.
With this new agreement on tariffs, the government hopes to answer two mayor challenges: the control of the energy consumption and the reduction of the energy insecurity, hitting more than 3.8 million families in France.

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Rising fuel prices: start of the energy transition?


Early 2012, only 4 years after the third oil crisis pushed the prices at the pump to a stunning $ 147,30/barrel, the whole world and in particular Europe has been confronted with continuously rising oil prices, worrying both governments as consumers and international markets.
As “A new start for Europe” had been promised during the presidential French campaign, the French citizens were expecting effective measures in order to reduce their bills and to re-launch the economy. Within the first domain, two proposals can be identified: intervening via the oil tax or using the strategic oil stocks.

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Kyoto and Denuclarization tax exemption cancellation


Since 2003, Belgian consumers who have opted for green electricity tariffs can benefit from a tax exemption of two funds over five different which are under federal contribution. Those green customers are exempted of “Kyoto” and “Denuclearization” funds contribution which can lower in some cases their annual energy expenses in comparison with traditional grey tariffs.

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Difficult start for the integration of the aviation industry in the European carbon market


The official entry of the aviation industry in the European Emission Trading Scheme beginning of 2012 was accompanied with heavy opposition and was shielded off by the sector, leaving leaving some doubt about the exact details of its implementation.
The associated cost is the main argument of the critics of the system, but is the EU ETS really a threat to the industry? Other causes, deeply rooted in the industry, but less known, are in reality the driving force behind this resistance.

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The renewal of Japanese photovoltaic sector or how to retrieve a leading position on a hypercompetitive market

While the future of French photovoltaic sector seems to be uncertain especially after recent decision to lower subsidies allowed to the sector, Japan established feed-in tariffs that ranked among the highest in the world.
Those new tariffs seem to be an adequate quick response to the energy crisis that hits the country. Sia Partners proposes to analyze this radical and ambitious change in Japanese energy policy.

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Energy price freeze : A Government measure with consequences


In an effort to drive energy prices for consumers down, the European Union carried out a directive in 2003 to liberalize the energy markets. Lately, a report of the CREG (Belgian electricity and gas regulation commission) that considers the energy price evolution in Belgium over 2009-2011, shows that energy prices were climbing. The energy price increase fueles inflation since it is the main driver of the consumer price index. .

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Energy service companies in the residential sector, the catalyst for energy savings


Our houses devour energy. 26 % of the energy in Europe is consumed in residential buildings1. National and European governments are aware of this and they have launched a considerable amount of policy instruments to stimulate energy efficient behaviour in buildings.

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How impossible is a necessity


When John Lennon said “Imagine all the people living for today.” he probably didn’t want us to consume resources as if there were no more generations to come. Nevertheless the world is facing a challenge with the future of mankind at stake.

 
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A 20% cut in energy consumption by 2020? Dream on……


For the past decade, we have seen an ever increasing devotion towards cutting our energy consumption especially in the developed world. Mankind have become increasingly aware of the cost of our incessant pursuit for our almost decadent lust for comfortable living.Ecosystems have been destroyed inevitably, temperatures raised, floods and natural anomaly abound.

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LNG sets sail for the future


Today, liquefied natural gas (LNG) represents 15% of Europe’s natural gas supply. As an alternative to Russian, Dutch or Norwegian gas pipelines, LNG has a geostrategic dimension and is a key element in the security of supply in Europe.
However, at a time when many LNG terminals are being built on European shores, the industry is facing many unexpected challenges.

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