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10.01.2019

Procuring Energy Efficiency: Regulatory Implications for Auction Design

FSR Topic of the Month Energy efficiency: a market-based approach for distributed energy resources by Tiago de Barros Correia Procuring Energy Efficiency: Regulatory Implications for […] read more

Electricity

Topic of the Month

17.12.2018

International experience with Market-Based Instruments for Energy Efficiency

FSR Topic of the Month Energy efficiency: a market-based approach for distributed energy resources by Tiago de Barros Correia International experience with Market-Based Instruments for […] read more

Electricity

Topic of the Month

10.12.2018

Energy efficiency: a market-based approach for distributed energy resources

FSR Topic of the Month by Tiago De Barros Correia The world’s electricity industry has undergone a period of intense digitalisation and regulatory innovation which set […] read more

Gas

Ilaria Conti

Topic of the Month

28.11.2018

Does the “coupled dimension” imply a greater flexibility gap?

FSR Topic of the Month   Upgrading the EU gas market: the ultimate challenge? by Ilaria Conti (FSR) Does the “coupled dimension” imply a greater flexibility gap? […] read more

Gas

Ilaria Conti

Topic of the Month

16.11.2018

Sector coupling and sector integration

FSR Topic of the Month Upgrading the EU gas market: the ultimate challenge? by Ilaria Conti (FSR) Sector coupling and sector integration[1] It is now […] read more

Gas

Ilaria Conti

Upgrading the EU gas market: the ultimate challenge?

by Ilaria Conti (FSR)   Target number one: “decarbonisation” The latest European Gas Regulatory Forum, which took place in Madrid on 16-17 October 2018, stood […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

The digital frontier: between communities and resorts

FSR Topic of the Month  Digitalisation: Beyond the Buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) The digital frontier: between communities and resorts The speed and spread of […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

Topic of the Month

19.10.2018

Digitalisation as two changes in markets

FSR Topic of the Month Digitalisation: beyond the buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) Digitalisation as two changes in markets Digitalisation is not just a set […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

Topic of the Month

11.10.2018

Digitalisation as two changes in infrastructures

FSR Topic of the Month  Digitalisation: Beyond the Buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) Digitalisation as two changes in infrastructures Digitalisation has been a key buzzword […] read more

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Vincent Rious

What is the age of the hydropower captain?

- Renewables

Written by Vincent Rious

 The duration of rights to use hydropower is different from one country to the other. In Great Britain It’s 12 years (with, nevertheless, the possibility of infinite renewal – an immortal captain?). In Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Norway (for private leasing), Poland and Romania it’s between 15 and 40 years. Meanwhile, in Austria, Norway (for public companies), Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland the figure is between 40 and 80 years. The most extreme cases are Sweden and Finland, with no time limit whatsoever (an immortal captain again?).

In economic theory -other things being equal – one would expect that the duration of the right to use hydropower would be aligned with investment lifetime or at least until major refurbishment, these durations themselves induced by physical investment conditions (for instance, the type of turbine that can be installed, needed ground and dams engineering). How strange is it then to deduce the variety of physical investment conditions in Europe from the wide variety of duration of rights to use hydropower… read that previous sentence again but with an ironic tone. Surely, a common methodology to set this duration would help toward a level playing field for hydropower in Europe.

 

What is the age of the hydropower captain?