IN THIS ISSUE
progress on regulatory reform in IEA countries, says annual IEA study, but
weaker progress on climate-change policies - Energy Policies of IEA
Countries - 2001 Review.
2. Award for IEA's One-Watt Initiative: a 2nd prize at Energy Globe
Awards 2002 for IEA's programme to cut electricity losses from appliances in stand-by mode (Linz, Austria).
3. A sure bet
for measurement of wind speed: best practice guidelines from IEA
4. From air-flow
to cash-flow: IEA programme centralises ventilation technology information for optimum energy-saving building
5. IEA Clean
Coal Centre: a free-access database, ad hoc consultation,
focus on the developing world.
Efficiency Certificate Trading Workshop - Milan (Italy), 17th April 2002.
for reducing greenhouse gas emissions - key conclusions from ten years of
studies by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.
Policies of IEA Countries - 2001 Review provides an objective
round-up of information and analysis on energy policy and market
developments in the Member countries of the IEA. Changes in energy demand
and supply over the past decade come under the microscope, along with fuel
price trends in the past two years. Member countries' progress with
electricity and gas regulatory reform is examined, as well as less marked
achievements in curbing growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Incorporated in
the report are summaries of recent in-depth reviews of energy policies in
. Also included are briefer reviews
of policy developments in
, along with a short review of
developments in selected non-Member countries, including
for IEA's One-Watt Initiative: a 2nd prize at
Energy Globe Awards 2002 for IEA's programme to cut world-wide electricity losses from appliances
in stand-by mode. In a televised awards ceremony, the IEA Secretariat won acclaim in
) on 6 March for its campaign
to stem power wastage by appliances in stand-by mode. This "leaking
electricity" is thought to account for between 5% and 15% of power
used in homes in OECD countries. The IEA's three-year-old initiative carried off a handsome second-prize trophy in the
Private and Public Initiatives Category in this year's Energy Globe Awards,
whose five categories attracted some 1,300 submissions from 98 countries.
3. A sure bet for measurement of wind speed: best practice guidelines from
IEA collaborative project. When evaluating or testing wind turbine performance,
uncertainty in the measurement of wind speed contributes to overall
uncertainty in predicting annual energy yield. This ultimately translates
into financial risk and more costly energy. To enhance measurement performance,
many companies, manufacturers and research institutes are now turning to
tried and tested methodologies produced by the IEA's Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research and Development of
Wind Turbine Systems. Focusing on use of cup anemometry, this set of
methodologies addresses issues such as selection of anemometer type,
calibration, mounting, quality assurance and dealing with uncertainty.
Entitled "Wind Speed Measurement and Use of Cup Anemometry", the
guide has been produced as part of the programme's Base Technology Information Exchange work (for more information: http://www.afm.dtu.dk/wind/iea/task_11.html).
For more about the IEA Wind Energy Implementing Agreement, visit its
For its database on wind characteristics: http://www.winddata.com/.
This international project is one of some forty created within the IEA's international energy technology collaboration
framework of Implementing Agreements. For more information on the
air-flow to cash-flow: IEA programme centralises ventilation technology information for
optimum energy-saving building design. Non-industrial buildings account for roughly
one third of primary energy use. And ventilation and air infiltration
account for at least 25% to 50% of a building's space heating or cooling
energy demand. Getting ventilation systems right is therefore a crucial
part of designing energy-efficient, health-friendly buildings. Airflow behaviour, climatic influences, occupancy patterns and
pollutant emission characteristics all make the task complex. Access to
extensive technical and practical information on ventilation technology,
including details of publications and a newsletter, can be found at the
website of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC): http://www.aivc.org/. The centre was
created in 1979 under the aegis of the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings
and Community Systems Programme, an international
project within the IEA's energy technology
collaboration framework (website: http://www.ecbcs.org/).
5. IEA Clean Coal Centre: a free-access database, ad hoc consultation, focus on
the developing world. A world-class leader in researching and providing
information on sustainable, efficient coal supply and use, IEA Coal
Research at the Clean Coal Centre produces a steady flow of studies on
every imaginable aspect of clean coal technology. Subject headings:
coal-mining, production and preparation; coal properties and analysis;
combustion, power generation and utilisation;
environmental issues. The Centre is now focusing increasingly on technology
dissemination to developing countries. Its Clean Coal Technologies database
can be accessed free of charge, along with profiles of its publications: http://www.iea-coal.org.uk/.
Efficiency Certificate Trading Workshop -
17th April 2002
. Trading in certificates is a current hot topic, but
these certificates deal only with renewable energy at present. Certificates
for energy efficiency have been proposed in
. They are intended to bridge
the gap between regulation and the economic efficiency of market-based
trading mechanisms. This new instrument will be examined from every angle
at this IEA workshop in
, which will feature maximum
on-line communication for those unable to be on the spot. The gathering
will take place in association with the 19th meeting of the IEA Demand-Side
Management Programme's Executive Committee. For
more information: http://dsm.iea.org/.
7. Technologies for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions - key conclusions from ten years of studies at the
IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. A
decade of studies and findings on greenhouse gas R&D technologies are
reviewed in the 10th Anniversary Report from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. The Programme comes within the international energy technology collaborative framework of
the International Energy Agency (IEA). Since its formation in 1991, the Programme has carried out nearly 90 separate studies on
technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Specific topics are CO2
capture and storage, non-CO2 greenhouse gases emissions, climate-friendly
production of hydrogen from fossil fuels, abatement opportunities in
industry and much more. The IEA GHG Programme also publishes the widely read newsletter "Greenhouse Issues".
For the 10th Anniversary Report and further information: IEA Greenhouse Gas
R&D Programme, The Project Director, Stoke
. Tel (Fax) +44 1242 680753