Energy use in Thailand: Impressions

I recently spent a few weeks travelling around Thailand, a journey that included the visit to the country’s two main cities – Bangkok and Chiang Mai. In those places, but also in other urban and non-urban locations, one cannot but notice certain manifest characteristics of Thailand’s energy systems. Though primarily a tourist’s impressions, the fourContinue reading “Energy use in Thailand: Impressions”

The rise of the networked ghetto

Continuing our series of guest contributions about energy poverty in the Balkans, Rosalina Babourkova reflects on issues around electricity use in Roma settlements in Bulgaria and Macedonia.  Since my first visit to a Roma settlement in Bulgaria in 2007, I have been forever fascinated with electricity meters. The politics of electricity metering in Roma settlementsContinue reading “The rise of the networked ghetto”

Research on energy poverty in Greece – update

The EVENT project commenced its programme of activities during July and August. These were undertaken amidst an atmosphere of rising controversy around questions of energy prices and energy poverty in Greece. Rapid increases in electricity tariffs during July became a major point of political contention in the country, especially as they are anticipated to continueContinue reading “Research on energy poverty in Greece – update”

Guest contribution – Untangling the puzzle of energy policy in Bulgaria

Continuing our previous discsussion about the (de)politicization of energy policy, this month’s last guest contribution takes a closer look at the current political and energy crisis in Bulgaria. It is written by Ralisa Hiteva – an energy geographer at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, whose doctoral research titled GeographiesContinue reading “Guest contribution – Untangling the puzzle of energy policy in Bulgaria”

Hungarian PM announces a further 10% cut in utility costs: three questions

In Hungary, the price of imported natural gas – the most common fuel for domestic space heating – has been a key factor determining the affordability of household energy services during the 2000s. If in the first half of the decade its price increased at a relatively slow pace, above inflation rate and below the rate of increase of salaries and pensions, this situation changed drastically in 2006.

New paper by a member of the EVALUATE project team

Tirado Herrero, S., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Petrichenko, K. 2013. Fuel poverty alleviation as a co-benefit of climate investments: evidence from Hungary. Proceedings of the ECEEE Summer Study 2013. 3-8 June 2013. Belambra Presqu’île de Giens, France.

Guest contribution: The Spanish electricity market – a critical review

Following the discussion started in our previous post about energy poverty in Spain, guest contributor Aurèlia Mañé Estrada (University of Barcelona) gives us her critical views about the failures of the Spanish electricity market and recent legislative proposals presented by the Spanish governments last June 19th. Professor Mañé Estrada holds a PhD degree from the UniversityContinue reading “Guest contribution: The Spanish electricity market – a critical review”

A short report from Brazil: The relevance of energy issues to the recent protests

By Saska Petrova When we planned last month’s research visit to Brazil, Stefan Bouzarovski and I did not intend for it to take place during some of the largest protests in the country’s recent history. Yet witnessing the events in close proximity was a major eye opener: Many of the demonstrators’ grievances were closely related toContinue reading “A short report from Brazil: The relevance of energy issues to the recent protests”