Wind for nothing and electricity for free?

CERE’s Andrius Kazukauskas provides us with an article of Christmas past from a Swedish electricity point of view. Who does pay for our colorful Christmas lighting? Happy Holiday’s!

I have the brightest memories about Christmas time from my childhood. For me Christmas Eve was a very special day. At that time Christmas was associated with miracles and things for free, such as Christmas presents delivered by a mystical Santa Claus. This was a time for candies, oranges, nuts and other things. Luckily for me, Santa Claus was not associated with any budget constraints.

On one such night, the midnight of 25th of December 2015 to be precise, a miraculous gift was given to all of us living in Sweden. In one hour that night, electricity was sold for almost 0 €/MWh on the Nordpool day-ahead market (electricity wholesale market). Electricity for free! This is the lowest price on record during the last five years (maybe ever, I did not check the older data). As I am not a naïve child anymore, I wonder where this “present” came from. And a very low price of electricity around Christmas time is not a random coincidence since the electricity price tend to be low the last week of the year. Figure 1 depicts the average wholesale prices of electricity from week 48 till week 9 (winter season). Thus, a relevant question arises: who pays for our colorful Christmas lighting decorations? (click on headline to read more)

The pastoralist paradox revisited

Land-use changes, political conflict, wildlife conflicts, population growth and climate change are some of the issues pastoralists in Kenya are faced with. CERE researcher Göran Bostedt returns to Kenya for a workshop on land tenure reform and focus group meetings with pastoralists.

The importance of wood energy

In many places, notably in rural areas in countries in economic transition, wood is the only affordable source of energy for heating and cooking. Despite its importance, wood energy is often under-used or misused, resulting in air pollution and the degradation of forest resources.

Are Swedish environmental taxes efficient, or is it just a greenwash of fiscal taxes?

CERE’s Runar Brännlund comments on the report “Greenwash - An analysis of the efficiency of Swedish environmental taxes”. Since the report was released in Swedish it has frequently been used in debate articles around Sweden and it is now available in English. Main conclusions from the report show that developed forceful and effective tools for reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases are already in place. Runar therefore finds it somewhat of a mystery why relatively complicated and obvious ineffective additional instruments are put into place, read his comment.

58 million SEK for digitalization of sustainable forestry

The forest industry and researcher will in the research program Mistra Digital Forestry together digitalize the forestry. Through smart digitalization, the program plans on researching how the forest can be used more efficiently with increased leniency.

Fly or use kicksled, the amount of greenhouse gas remains the same

On DN debate, October 29th, 18 researchers urge the universities to in the next five years cut their own emissions by half. CERE researches Runar Brännlund, Bengt Kriström, Magnus Lindmark and Tommy Lundgren finds this somewhat conspicuous. The 18 stresses the importance of university research be taken seriously, all the while their suggestion lack scientific legitimacy when it comes to how non-wasteful climate policy should be designed.

Best PhD course awarded to Oben Bayrak

A new course/workshop on Behavioral Environmental Economics designed and organized by Oben Bayrak was awarded best PhD course from the Faculty of Forest Sciences. The course has, according to the prize committee, contributed to increase the attraction for the faculty graduate studies.

Two new doctors

Tharshini Thangavelu defended her thesis “Essays on Malnutrition, Savings and Preferences” on September 12th, 2018. Her thesis touches three different topics in economics, namely preferences, savings and malnutrition. Jinggang Guo defended his thesis “Economics Timber Production and Climate Change mitigation” on October 12th, 2018.

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