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”

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.

More on illegal coal mining and energy vulnerability in Ukraine

By Sergio Tirado Herrero If you were interested in one of my previous blog posts about the documentary film Pit No. 8, here come some additional bits that follow up on some of the topics discussed: The fate of Yura and his sisters: during the filming of the documentary move, Estonian director Mariaana Kaat gotContinue reading “More on illegal coal mining and energy vulnerability in Ukraine”

Energy poverty in Spain: the politicisation of energy vulnerability at an early stage

By Sergio Tirado Herrero Research on energy poverty in the EU (Healy, 2004) found out substantially high percentages of population unable to heat their home adequately in Southern Member States (Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain) during 1990s. These data may reflect cross-country cultural differences in perceptions about thermal comfort and the affordability of domestic energy, but alsoContinue reading “Energy poverty in Spain: the politicisation of energy vulnerability at an early stage”

When renovations have a hidden agenda: renoviction

By Sergio Tirado Herrero Incentives split between owners and tenants are often mentioned as a significant barrier to energy efficiency investments and behaviour in the housing rental sector. As discussed by Gillingham et al. (2012), tenants have little incentives to save energy at home if they do not pay for the amount consumed; and ownersContinue reading “When renovations have a hidden agenda: renoviction”