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About Karel Beckman

Karel Beckman Energy journalist, analyst and moderator since the turn of the century. Former editor-in-chief of Energy Post and European Energy Review, former reporter at the Dutch Financieele Dagblad (major financial newspaper). I look for the big picture and cover the entire energy sector in all its breadth and depth. Independent, but not ideological (when it comes to energy).



Author Archives: Karel Beckman

The Time Is Ripe For Aggregation Of Behind-The-Meter Assets

June 9th, 2019 | by Karel Beckman

Demand response services are set for stormy growth as the amount of variable renewables in the electricity system increases, writes energy expert Fereidoon Sioshansi, publisher of the newsletter EEnergy Informer. Technology is no longer the obstacle, writes Sioshansi, regulation may be. He spoke with Pierre Bavis, founder of Voltalis, a successful Paris-based demand response provider


New Book — Consumers, Prosumers, Prosumagers — Reveals Dramatic Changes Coming

March 30th, 2019 | by Karel Beckman

In Consumers, prosumers, prosumagers – How service innovations will disrupt the utility business model, Fereidoon Sioshansi helps readers grasp the spirit of the times, the importance of the stakes and the uncertainty of the outcomes. The 19 essays, written by experts in their respective fields, in this 550-page book, are divided into three parts


Solar Power In The Netherlands Grows 50% In 2018 — With More To Come

January 8th, 2019 | by Karel Beckman

The production of solar power grew by 50% in the Netherlands last year. Wind power production remained the same. The share of renewables in the country's electricity consumption rose from 15% to 17% compared to the year before. The share of renewables in total energy consumption rose from 6.6% to 7.3%


German EV Sales Show Strong Growth, Pass 1% Mark — #QuickNews

January 7th, 2019 | by Karel Beckman

Sales of fully electric vehicles in Germany grew by 43.9% in 2018 to 36,062, according to official figures released by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt Bundesamt). This was more than 1% of total new passenger car sales


Strong Financial Support For EVs In New Dutch Climate Accord

December 23rd, 2018 | by Karel Beckman

A broadly supported "climate accord" presented to the Dutch government on Friday, December 21, by civil society organizations envisions strong financial support for the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs). The accord proposes a subsidy of €6,000 on EV purchases in 2021. This amount will be lowered by €400 per year to €2,200 in



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